Cricket Australia has launched their new jersey ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be played in England and Wales from May 30. Asics, Australia’s uniform maker, unveiled the new jersey on Tuesday where Glenn Maxwell was seen wearing the new kit. The jersey is in Australia’s traditional green along with lemon green strips on color and down to the sides of the trouser.
This kit is similar to Australia’s iconic retro uniform, which they wore earlier this year during the five-match ODI series Down Under. Earlier, the Australian team of the 80s used to wear that retro dress.
Australia is wearing this new jersey after a fan voted-poll, where they chose this jersey over seven others. It is the same uniform which was worn by Australian team during World Cup 1999 in England.
The road to the World Cup was not easy for Australia as they found themselves in a lot of controversy in the last year. The infamous ball-tampering incident of Cape Town Test blew cricket in Australia with a storm. Their star players Steve Smith and David Warner were banned for one year after their involvement in this mischievous happening.
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They won just two One-Day International matches in 2018 and were written off for the World Cup 2019. Not one was counting them as a competition despite being the defending champions of the tournament. Australia holds a tremendous record in the World Cups, where they have claimed five titles in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015.
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However, things changed drastically for them in the last two months. They defeated India in India after being 2-0 down in the five-match series. To beat Pakistan by 5-0 was not a cake walk but the Australia team did that with ease. They are now being ranked as a pre-tournament favorite for the upcoming marquee event.
Australia takes on England and Sri Lanka in the warm-up fixtures before the World Cup on May 25 and 27. They will play against Afghanistan in their opening fixture of the World Cup on June 1.