Test cricket has undergone a major change as England and Australia players will lineup with their names and numbers on their white jerseys in the upcoming Ashes series.
ODI and T20I jerseys have had personalization on their backs since a long time, but Test matches had to wait for this change.
The official Twitter handle of England Cricket revealed the jersey number of their side’s Test match skipper Joe Root and wrote “Names and numbers on the back of Test shirts,” as the caption.
Names and numbers on the back of Test shirts! 🏴🏏 pic.twitter.com/M660T2EI4Z
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 22, 2019
Earlier this year, there were reports that The Ashes would bring in the modernization of cricketing kits.
Fans, however, seemed divided on this development in Test cricket and made their voices heard on the micro-blogging website, Twitter.
I like the idea of having numbers and names on shirts in test cricket. Helps spectators identify players (as a kid watching games, I was always asking people who a particular player was. Often, they didn't know either) and takes nothing away from the game.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 23, 2019
I am a traditionalist and but think this is a step in the right direction
— Matthew Bloomfield (@matthefish20022) July 22, 2019
Why not? Been doing this in county cricket for years, it’s a real aid in identifying players. What’s all the fuss about?
— tortoise (@pachelbella) July 22, 2019