Cricket’s longest format ‘test match’ has always been played in plain whites or creams clothes ever since the first encounter.
First match was played between Australia and England in Melbourne in 1877.
142 years of tradition may get broken, tradition wearing names and numbers on the backs of their shirts during this summer’s Ashes.
According to The Guardian, the proposal from the England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket Australia is yet to be signed off by the ICC board. But it seems likely that the Edgbaston Test, starting on August 1 (the inaugural match to be played under the auspices of the ICC’s new World Test Championship) will be the first to feature the change.
Despite a recent survey by MCC showing that 86% of 13,000 respondents consider Test cricket their favourite format to watch, the ICC is keen to market and promote it further via its new Test Championship. The introduction of names and numbers on whites, the ICC believes, will make the players more easily identifiable on the field of play.