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Test cricket to see names and numbers on back of jerseys


The 2019 Ashes series in England could inflict another radical change to the traditional format, with the game’s governing body is considering to introduce player names and numbers on Test match whites.

Test cricket to see names and numbers on back of jerseys
County Championship introduced players’ names and number on back of jerseys in 2003

The International Cricket Council confirmed the initiative on Tuesday as they want players to become more easily identifiable.

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Cricket Australia have reportedly been in the process of introducing numbered Test shirts for the Australian Ashes side in August. These changes have also been proposed for the ICC Test Championship which begins with the Ashes.

The inaugural ICC World Test Championship will start in July 2019 with a final in June 2021 and feature nine of the 12 Test playing nations, excluding Afghanistan, Ireland and Zimbabwe.

Since the inception of Test cricket in 1877, players have always worn plain white colored clothes.

However, English and Australian players have names and numbers behind their jerseys in their domestic Cricket leagues since 2003.

As per the criteria, a player can choose any number from 1 to 99. However, the players will more likely stick to their limited-overs jersey numbers.

Saying about the changes, Australian Test star Travis Head as quoted by cricket.com.au, “It doesn’t bother me in the slightest, and I think if it helps the fans then that’s a good thing.”

“That’s why they brought it into Shield cricket, so that people could identify players they probably don’t see all that often, especially now with games being live-streamed,” Head said.

“Obviously, the detail in the television coverage these days is pretty good, so I guess this is aimed more at people who are at the ground,” he said.

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