First time in Test Cricket: Ashes jerseys to have player's name and number
London: Test cricket is all set to undergo a major change as Australia and England will lineup with names and jersey numbers on their Test whites in the upcoming Ashes series.
As the inaugural ICC Test Championship begins at Edgbaston on August 1, so too will this type of jersey be unveiled for the 71st Ashes series.
On Monday, the England & Wales Cricket Board released the first look of England's Ashes Test jersey with skipper Joe Root wearing his name and the number 66 on the back of his jersey. ODI and T20I jerseys have had personalisation on their backs since a long time, but Test matches had to wait for this change.
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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 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.
On July 14, England scripted history as they managed to win their maiden 50-over World Cup and the side will look to continue their winning momentum going.
England will take on Ireland in a one-off four-day Test from July 24 and then the team will face Australia in the Ashes, beginning August 1.