<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/">Australia</a> coach <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/justin-langer/">Justin Langer</a> has admitted his side could have given more thought to taking a knee during their tour of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england/">England</a> following criticism from West Indies great <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/michael-holding/">Michael Holding</a>. <p></p> <p></p>England and West Indies adopted the gesture at the start of each of their three Tests in July to show their support for the campaign against racial injustice. <p></p> <p></p>The practice was repeated during England's one-day matches against Ireland but not in subsequent series against Pakistan and Australia. <p></p> <p></p>Holding, an outstanding fast bowler in the 1970s and 1980s, accused England bosses and Australia captain Aaron Finch of making "lame" statements over not taking a knee. <p></p> <p></p>England fast bowler Jofra Archer said Holding had not "done his research", with the Barbados-born quick insisting the team and officials remained committed to the Black Lives Matter movement. <p></p> <p></p>Langer told a conference call on Tuesday that Holding was worth listening to. <p></p> <p></p>"In terms of taking a knee, to be completely honest, we could have talked more about it perhaps leading up to the first game." <p></p> <p></p>The former Australia opening batsman added: "What we do talk about within the team, was that we want to have a response that is sustained and powerful, and that it can go not just in one action but a sustained period -- not just throughout this series and the (Australian) summer but throughout time. <p></p> <p></p>"I just hope if it looked like there was a lack of respect, it wasn't the intention of our team. We were very aware of it." <p></p> <p></p>Langer was speaking ahead of Wednesday's third and deciding one-day international against England at Old Trafford. <p></p> <p></p><strong>'Fingers crossed' for Smith</strong> <p></p> <p></p>Australia star batsman Steve Smith has yet to feature after missing the first two games after being hit on the head during practice last Thursday. <p></p> <p></p>Team management have repeatedly stated Smith has been rested purely as a precaution despite passing two concussion tests. <p></p> <p></p>Langer said Smith was "tracking in the right direction" ahead of the decider. <p></p> <p></p>"Fingers crossed. We know what a great player he is," said the coach. <p></p> <p></p>Australia have now squandered winning positions in all three formats against England in just over a year, starting with a stunning one-wicket loss in the third Ashes Test at Headingley. <p></p> <p></p>They threw away the opening Twenty20 match of the current tour and collapsed against 50-over world champions England in the second ODI on Sunday. <p></p> <p></p>But Langer was adamant that Australia had no qualms when it came to close finishes against arch-rivals England. <p></p> <p></p>"I don't think there's a mental fragility," he said. "These things happen. The hardest thing in cricket is hitting the winning runs. We were chasing under lights on a worn wicket. It was challenging and we weren't up to the challenge. <p></p> <p></p>"We've got a very good team and are showing in most of the cricket we are playing that we are up to the fight. I don't think they (the defeats) are linked at all."