Test cricket to undergo jersey change

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22 Mar 2019

Test cricket might see new type of jersey: Details here

The longest format of cricket has taken a hit, in terms of popularity, ever since the arrival of T20s.

However, the ICC is making several efforts to make Test cricket interesting.

In the same light, it is being discussed if something could be done about the all-whites clothing in Test cricket.

It seems like an interesting move, and let us know more about it.

Latest proposal

White, with a minor modification

White, with a minor modification

Ahead of the 2019 Ashes, both England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA) have discussed the idea of having numbers at the back of the jerseys, just like white-ball cricket.

Although the move is yet to be sanctioned by the ICC, it seems that the opening Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham on August 1, is likely to see the new jersey.

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Why whites?

Why is Test cricket played in whites?

Ever since the inception, Tests are played in whites because of the ball.

Since Test cricket is played with a red ball, it is easier for the ball to be noticed against the background of white.

It was the same for the ODIs initially, before the colored clothing was introduced in Australia during the World Series Cricket in the 1970s.

Impact

How would this help Test cricket?

How would this help Test cricket?

The only way this would help Test cricket is by making the clothing a bit more attractive.

Moreover, having the name and number of the player behind the back of the jersey would give the players a definite identity.

Further, it would also help the cricket boards and the ICC to expand the merchandise and replica shirt market, alongside creating player brands.

Prelude

Has this been done before?

Although it has never been tried before in Test cricket, it is a well-known concept in First-Class cricket, especially in England.

The County Championship has been using such jerseys on a regular basis since 2003.

However, it is yet to be adapted and experimented by other cricketing nations.

The move has helped in making players more recognizable on the field in the format.

Other changes

What other changes are being proposed for Test cricket?

What other changes are being proposed for Test cricket?

While the clothing is the latest proposal to be discussed to make Test cricket interesting, apart from it, other ideas have been made as well.

The MCC has put forward the concept of a shot clock to speed up the gameplay, while it is also considering making the game more batsman-friendly by introducing the concept of the free hit for no balls.

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