Cricket Australia has unveiled a new jersey design for the upcoming summer one-day internationals, celebrating the nation’s Indigenous heritage.
Both Australian teams will wear the jerseys – the women’s team for all three matches against England, with the men wearing it in their first ODI against New Zealand.
Next year in March and April, however, the men’s team will make history by being the first team to wear a kit celebrating Australia’s Indigenous heritage abroad, when they don the shirts on their tour of Pakistan.
Two Indigenous women, Aunty Fiona Clarke and Courtney Hagen, have been integral to the design process and Cricket Australia’s desire to better represent the Indigenous community going forward.
Hagen recently worked as Cricket Australia’s Indigenous Engagement Specialist.
The jersey will include circles, which represent the strength between people and the continuation of the journey, river and land to represent family, and stars for the ancestors.
They also feature Clarke’s Walkabout Wickets design, which will feature on the collar of the men’s and women’s Test jerseys as well.
A Kirrae Whurrong woman, Clarke is a direct descendent of legendary cricketer ‘Mosquito’ Couzens (known as Grongarrong), who one of the Aboriginal players who toured England in 1868.
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