The uniform was created by Auntie Fiona Clarke and courtney Hagen in partnership with Asics; the two have previously collaborated on other Australian-led Indigenous designs. The hosts will wear an Indigenous-inspired jersey for the first time at a World Cup.
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For the first time ever, an Australian cricket team will take part in a major event wearing a game uniform honoring the First Nations. Artwork surrounds the shirt, which has black sleeves and a green and gold gradient on the trunk.
The black pants and black cap will have the colors of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags on the brim, while the long-sleeved version will have the gold and green artwork extended across the top sleeves.
The Walking ticket offices the artwork that has evolved into a dominant theme is again centered on the front of the shirt, as it was in previous designs.
The artist of Walkabout Wickets is Clarke, a Kirrae Whurrong wife and great-great-granddaughter of James “Mosquito” Couzens, who played for the Aboriginal XI in a historic match at the MCG in 1866 and traveled to England in 1868 as part of the first team Australian sportswoman to play outside the country.
Prior to the 2016 Boxing Day Test, Clarke designed the artwork to honor the 150th anniversary of the 1866 game. It has been displayed on the collar of the Test shirt ever since.
The connection is a key part of the kit, and it pays homage to past, present and future First Nations cricketers.
“Overall design is about the process of connecting with yourself as an individual, as a team, in the community and everything around you…with the river, the land, everything you see” , cricekt.com. at the Clarke estate.
A Butchulla and Gubbi Gubbi woman named Hagen described that the design included stars to represent ancestors and wickets to indicate games played.
On the back of the shirt, the first XI of the Aboriginal team that toured England in 1868 is depicted in the main shirt design.
Only four Aboriginal men and two Aboriginal women have played international cricket during Australia since the first Test in 1877, despite the pioneering efforts of the 1868 team, which made the dangerous journey by boat to the UK and played 47 games at venues such as Lord’s and The Oval.
The eye-catching new T20 World Cup uniform comes after Australia won the 2021 Championship in Dubai while sporting two different uniforms, marking the first time an Australian team had to prepare an ‘alternative’.
The ICC T20 World Cup will be hosted by Australia from October 16, 2022 to November 13, 2022.