Australia Unveil New ODI Jersey Ahead Of Home Season
Australia Unveil New ODI Jersey Ahead Of Home Season. (Photo: Cricket Australia)

Cricket Australia unveiled newly designed Indigenous-themed kits for Australia’s men’s and women’s teams for the upcoming summer home season in a continuing effort to better recognize and encourage the involvement of Indigenous Australians in cricket.

The new design is a replica of the kits that Australia wore last summer by the Australia men’s team in black for T20s against India. The design will be first worn by Meg Lanning’s team in their three ODIs against England in February that forms part of the multi-format CommBank Women’s Ashes.

The men, however, will wear the Indigenous kit in just one of their three home ODIs this summer, the first Dettol ODI against New Zealand in Perth on January 30. They will then revert to a plain gold one-day kit for the subsequent ODIs in Hobart and Sydney in early February.

Australia's new indigenous design for men's and women's kits. Photo- CA
Australia’s new indigenous design for men’s and women’s kits. Photo- CA

Kit Design To Return For Australia’s 2022-23 Home ODI Series

However, the Australian men’s team will wear the Indigenous kit for their ODIs in Pakistan next March and April, which will be the first time they have worn an Indigenous kit abroad, on what will be Australia’s first visit to Pakistan for 24 years. The design may also return for the home summer season in 2022-23 for the ODI series.

The design is again a collaboration between manufacturer ASICS and two Indigenous women, Aunty Fiona Clarke and Courtney Hagen. Clarke, a Kirrae Whurrong woman, is a direct descendent of legendary cricketer ‘Mosquito’ Couzens (known as Grongarrong), one of the Aboriginal players who toured England in 1868 as part of the first sporting team from Australia to play abroad.

WBBL. (Photo: Cricket Australia)

Both WBBL and BBL will hold First Nations rounds for the first time as part of the League’s commitment to education and connection with Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. The WBBL concluded their First Nations round last weekend.

The BBL round will be held from January 8-14 at venues around Australia. While Australia will wear the gold Indigenous kit for one-dayers, both men’s and women’s teams will again wear a predominantly black T20 kit this season.

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