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Tony Armstrong blasts South African cricketer Quinton de Kock for not taking a knee

ABC news presenter Tony Armstrong has blasted South African cricketer Quinton de Kock after he refused to take a knee in respect for the Black Lives Matter movement.

All players and staff had been directed to take a knee before the T20 World Cup match between South Africa and the West Indies on Tuesday night.

But wicketkeeper de Kock refused and instead pulled out of the match altogether for 'personal reasons'.

Discussing the controversial moment on ABC Breakfast, Armstrong said the player's decision was 'confounding'.

'We've seen sporting teams right around the world start to get behind this movement,' he said on Wednesday morning.

'So for him to not do that, all that I think — and this is my own personal opinion — the question has been bubbling in my mind is how racist do you have to be, to not just take a knee and do that in conjunction with your teammates to show support, to even pretend to show support? 

'You've got to be pretty strong on your conviction not to.

'At the very best it is confounding, confusing and puzzling.'

The ABC presenter said he was 'taken aback' by the news and said South Africa had a 'chequered' past when it came to issues of race. 

More to come.