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England and Australia likely to make Test cricket history with their new jerseys

March 20 , 2019

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England and Australia could be make history by becoming the first two Test-playing nations to wear shirts with their names and numbers at the back.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) along with Cricket Australia (CA) have presented a proposal to wear the jerseys but they need permission from the International Cricket Council.

It seems likely that the two cricketing boards will get the green signal and their sides will be donning the shirts — with their names and numbers — during the Test match at Edgbaston.

In its 142-year history, the five-day games have been played with cricketers wearing white or cream clothing.

Limited-overs cricket in the land down under have been played in coloured clothing since the World Series Cricket began in late 1970s. The World Cup 1992 became the first edition to feature coloured clothing. Squad number players were included in the 1999 edition.

Teams have been playing the longer format with names and squad numbers of the playing on their backs since 2003 as it helps fans and the media identify players in the field.

 


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