Lahore, March 29: Australia’s cricket team will make history when they enter Gaddafi Stadium later on Tuesday for the first of a three-match ODI series against Pakistan, as they will become the first men’s team to wear indigenous designs abroad.
However, the Aaron Finch-led team will not be the first Australian to wear the new design, as the Australian women’s team wore it during the ODI component of the recently completed Ashes series, according to cricket.com.au.
The jersey was supposed to make its debut in a three-match ODI series against New Zealand in February, but was postponed due to strict border controls in the Trans-Tasman country due to Covid-19.
“The design is a continuation of last summer’s predominantly black indigenous-themed kit, which the men’s team wore against India in three T20s,” the report said, adding that the artwork was a collaboration between the manufacturers and two indigenous women. .
“The uniform may also return next summer for the men’s team to wear at home, but the 2022/23 summer schedule is yet to be confirmed,” the report added.
Australia, playing its first white ball match on Pakistani soil since 1998, will field one of the most exhausted white ball teams in a long time. The team is bereft of some of the biggest names, including trial captain Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and top-tier hitters Steve Smith and David Warner.
To add to his woes, Mitchell Marsh, with 63 ODIs to his name and Australia’s second most experienced player on tour behind Captain Finch (132 ODIs), has been ruled out of the first ODI and possibly the entire series due to a hip flexor injury suffered in training on Sunday.
While Travis Head is back in the mix, it remains to be seen how he fits in, given that he hasn’t played ODI cricket since 2018. Among others, Cameron Green has played just one, Sean Abbott two, while Ben Dwarshuis, Nathan Ellis , Josh Inglis and Mitchell Swepson would make their ODI debuts if selected.