Cricket

Ashes jerseys to have players’ names, numbers

Novelty: Cricket fans are set to witness a spectacle like this, come the Ashes series.

Novelty: Cricket fans are set to witness a spectacle like this, come the Ashes series.   | Photo Credit: Getty Images

The series will bring in modernisation of cricketing kits in Test cricket.

Test cricket is all set to undergo a major change as Australia and England will line-up with names and jersey numbers on their Test whites in the upcoming Ashes series.

ODI and T20I jerseys have had personalisation on their backs since a long time, but Test matches had to wait for this change.

Confirmation

England Cricket official Twitter handle confirmed the jersey number of team’s Test match skipper Joe Root and wrote “Names and numbers on the back of Test shirts,” as the caption.

Earlier this year, there were reports that the Ashes series between England and Australia would bring in modernisation of cricketing kits.

Cricketing fans on Twitter seemed divided on this development in Test cricket and made their voices heard on the social-networking platform. “Absolutely no problem with numbers 1 to 11 etc., but can’t see the benefit of names or random high numbers on shirts. I guess it’s all to do with increasing merchandise sales, hoping a name will sell more. @YorkshireCCC,” wrote one fan.

“Names r okay bt never got the idea about these random numbers in cricket... could still live with it in ODIs n T20s bt spare tests... names r fine bt w/o numbers @ICC,” another fan tweeted.

“A good addition. Improves both the supporter and media experience of seeing who it is.

On July 14, England scripted history as they managed to win its maiden 50-over World Cup and the side will look to continue its winning momentum going.

England will take on Ireland in a one-off four-day Test from Wednesday and then the team will face Australia in the Ashes, beginning on August 1.

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