Historic First Nations Design Adorns All Australian Cricket Outfits

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In a move that marks a momentous progression in sports, the Australian cricket squads have made history as the first to push forth a permanent First Nations design across all three outfits for Test matches, One Day Internationals (ODIs), and T20s. The initiative, enthusiastically endorsed by acclaimed ace bowler, Mitchell Starc, draws the spotlight on the integration of indigenous artwork in Australian sports.

As part of the extensive uniform revamp, Australia’s men’s T20 team will now shed their traditional black uniform, a staple for the past couple years, making a nostalgic return to their roots with a deep green ensemble. This dark green colour palette will be echoed across all test shirts, further unifying the team’s appearance.

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The grand unveil of the revamped ensemble is overshadowed by the glaring absence of a marquee sponsor, as Cricket Australia scours the market to fill the void left by Alinta Energy, their previous sponsor who ended the contract last summer.

In its quest for a more inclusive representation, Cricket Australia has reiterated its unwavering endorsement for the Indigenous Voice to Parliament campaign. Its uniform has showcased the symbolic Walkabout Wickets artwork on its collar for several years, which will now be prominently featured on the side panels of all Test, ODI, and T20 outfits.

Embracing the rapidly evolving advancement, Starc expressed his fervor, emphasizing, “It’s brilliant to have the Indigenous artwork on the kit. We’ve long been advocates for this, and it’s admirable to bear that representation across all three formats.”

Touting it as an applaudable progression, he further added, “The entire team takes immense pride in wearing it.”

Megan Schutt, a world cup winner in her own right, echoed the sentiment as she felt it was long overdue. She leads with hope to inspire other sports to follow suit, “We justifiably take pride in setting the trend, and I wholeheartedly look forward to other sports undertaking similar initiatives,” she shared.

Both ODI teams have selected to retain yellow as their colour of choice, while the men’s team will mirror their female counterparts, opting for the revitalized green in T20s.

For the first time in the shortest format, since its debut in February 2012, the men will be swapping their black uniform for green. Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood greeted the transition with enthusiasm, “When you think of green and gold you think of Australia. While the black served us reasonably well, the return to green and gold surely bodes great news.”

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Melinda Cochrane is a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, Melinda Cochrane International books for aspiring writers, based out Montreal, Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.