Australia will wear an Indigenous themed kit at this year’s T20 World Cup, the first time an Australian cricket team has worn a strip representing the First Nations at a global event.
Featuring black sleeves and a green-gold gradient on the body of the jersey, the artwork flows around the jersey that will be worn by Aaron Finch’s squad as they defend the T20 World Cup on home soil later this year.
The long-sleeved version will feature the gold and green artwork on the sleeves of the top, while the pants will be black and a cap will feature both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag colors on the brim.
The kit was designed by Aunt Fiona Clarke and Courtney Hagen, in collaboration with Asics, with the pair previously collaborating on other Indigenous designs worn across Australia.
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As with previous designs, the Walkabout Wickets artwork that has become a prominent motif takes center stage again on the front of the shirt.
Walkabout Wickets was painted by Clarke, a Kirrae Whurrong woman who is the great-great-granddaughter of James ‘Mosquito’ Couzens, who played in the Aboriginal XI in a historic match at the MCG in 1866, and also toured England in 1868, the first sporting team from Australia to play abroad.
Clarke created the artwork ahead of the 2016 Boxing Day Test to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1866 match, and it has been featured on the Test shirt collar ever since.
Paying tribute to past, present and emerging First Nations cricketers, connection is a key theme for the kit, which is available for purchase as a replica kit.
“The overall design has to do with the process of connecting with yourself as an individual, as a team, in the community and whatever is around you…with the river, the land, whatever you see,” Clarke said. .
Hagen, a Butchulla and Gubbi Gubbi woman, explained that the draft included wickets to represent games played, and stars to denote ancestors.
“In the middle we were able to include the colors of both First Nations flags in Australia. So you have the red, black and yellow, which represents the Aboriginal flag and the blue, white and green which is the Torres Strait Islander flag. “
A central motif on the back of the shirt represents the First XI of the 1868 Aboriginal team that toured England.
Despite the pioneering efforts of the 1868 team, which made a perilous journey by ship to the UK and played 47 games at venues such as Lord’s and The Oval, only four Indigenous men and two Indigenous women have played international cricket for Australia since the first Test in 1877.
The striking new T20 World Cup kit comes after Australia wore two separate strips during their run to the 2021 title in Dubai, the first time an Australian team has had to produce an ‘alternative’ to a World Cup.
The Australian men planned to wear a black, gold and green kit that reflected the strip worn by the women’s team that won their T20 World Cup in 2020 when the men’s tournament was originally scheduled to be held at the end of 2020.
That event was subsequently postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and the Asics kit – featuring a design inspired by the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the venue for the tournament’s final – was initially shut down when the tournament was moved to India (and then the UAE) 2021.
It was revived by the men for the 2021 tournament, but the ICC ruled it was too similar to other kits, and the 2019 ODI World Cup kit was repurposed as the ‘clash’ strip.
It turned out to be the kit worn when Australia first won the T20 World Cup, beating New Zealand in the final.
Men’s T20 World Cup 2022
Australia squad: Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (vc), Tim David, Aaron Finch (c), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa
Group A: Sri Lanka, Namibia, UAE, Netherlands
Group B: West Indies, Scotland, Ireland, Zimbabwe
Super 12 stage
Group 1: Australia, Afghanistan, England, New Zealand, A1, B2
Group 2: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, South Africa, B1, A2
Match schedule T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia
Oct 22: v New Zealand, SCG, 6:00 PM AEDT
Oct 25: v 1A, Optus Stadium, 10pm AEDT
Oct 28: v England, MCG, 7:00 PM AEDT
Oct 31: v 2B, Gabba, 7:00 PM AEDT
Nov 4 v Afghanistan, Adelaide Oval, 7:00 PM AEDT
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Nov 9: SCG, 7 p.m. AEDT
November 10: Adelaide Oval, 7:00 PM AEDT
Nov 13: MCG, 7:00 PM AEDT