T20 World Cup 2022: Cricket Australia unveils Indigenous kit for T20 WC

248
T20 World Cup 2022: Cricket Australia unveils Indigenous kit for T20 WC
T20 World Cup 2022: Cricket Australia unveils Indigenous kit for T20 WC

T20 World Cup 2022: Cricket Australia unveils Indigenous kit for T20 WC

T20 World Cup 2022: This year’s T20 World Cup will mark the first time an Australian cricket team has worn a playing strip representing the First Nations at a major event. Australia will wear an Indigenous-themed jersey.

Aaron Finch‘s team will wear this shirt as they attempt to defend the T20 World Cup on home soil later this year. It has black sleeves and a green and gold gradient on the playing top’s trunk.

The black slacks and black cap will have the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags on the brim, while the long-sleeved version will have the gold and green artwork extended onto the sleeves of the top.

The kit created by Aunty Fiona Clarke and Courtney Hagen in partnership with Asics; the two have previously collaborated on other Indigenous Australian clothing designs.

The Walkabout Wickets artwork that has evolved into a dominant theme is once again centred on the front of the shirt, as it has been in prior designs.

T20 World Cup 2022: Cricket Australia unveils Indigenous kit for T20 WC
T20 World Cup 2022: Cricket Australia unveils Indigenous kit for T20 WC

The artist of Walkabout Wickets is Clarke, a Kirrae Whurrong woman and also great great granddaughter of James “Mosquito” Couzens, who played for the Aboriginal XI in a historic match at the MCG in 1866 and travelled to England in 1868 as part of the first Australian sports team to play outside of the country.

Prior to the 2016 Boxing Day Test, Clarke designed the artwork to honour the 150th anniversary of the 1866 game. Ever since, it has been shown on the collar of the test shirt.

Connection is a key element for the kit, which is offered for sale as a replica kit, and also it pays tribute to the past, present, and upcoming First Nations cricketers.

“The overall design is to do with the process of connecting with yourself as an individual, as a team, in the community and whatever is surrounded by you … with the river, the land, whatever you see,” Clarke said as quoted by cricket.com.au.

A Butchulla and Gubbi Gubbi woman named Hagen described that the pattern also included stars to represent ancestors and wickets to indicate games played.

“In the middle we’ve been able to incorporate the colours of the both of First Nations flags in Australia. So you’ve got the red, black and yellow, which is represents Aboriginal flag. And the blue, white and green which also represents the Torres Strait Islander flag.”

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

First round

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

Australia’s T20 World Cup 2022 fixtures

22 Oct: v New Zealand, SCG, 6pm AEDT

25 Oct: v 1A, Optus Stadium, 10pm AEDT

28 Oct: v England, MCG, 7pm AEDT

31 Oct: v 2B, Gabba, 7pm AEDT

Nov 4: v Afghanistan, Adelaide Oval, 7pm AEDT

Semi-finals

Nov 9: SCG, 7pm AEDT

Nov 10: Adelaide Oval, 7pm AEDT

Final

Nov 13: MCG, 7pm AEDT