First time in Test cricket: Ashes jerseys to have names and numbers
As of a revolution in Test cricket, England and Australia teams will be seen lining up with names and jersey numbers on their whites later in English summer in the upcoming Ashes series.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) granted all Test playing nations the above mentioned changes from the forthcoming ICC World Test Championship that is going to be kicked off from the 2019 edition of Ashes scheduled to begin from 1st of August.
Although the concept is about to be initiated in the longer version of the game, this is not a brand new sight to wear whites with names and numbers as Australian state sides, as well as the English county sides who play the Sheffield Shield, are accustomed with the custom.
England Cricket official Twitter handle confirmed the jersey number of team’s Test match skipper Joe Root and captioned it with “Names and numbers on the back of Test shirts.”
Names and numbers on the back of Test shirts! 🏴🏏 pic.twitter.com/M660T2EI4Z
The future of Test cricket. Name and numbers on the back of shirts. This is a great move by the game. To be worn for the first time during the Ashes. #cricket #Ashes #WorldTestChampionship pic.twitter.com/lm42ZWxNbw
— Danny Reuben (@dannyreuben) July 22, 2019
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
— Nicholas james Bramall (@jimbram61) July 22, 2019
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
— Mainak (@MGuptaLIVE) July 22, 2019
I like it! After all anything that makes the game easier to follow is good – think about people with visual impairments for example.
— Andi (@admiralandrea) July 22, 2019