Shirt numbers to be introduced in Test cricket

Test cricket

Test cricket

The International Cricket Council is considering a proposal to bring in surnames and numbers on the back of shirts for the new World Test Championship.

If they correspond to one-day numbers, captain Joe Root will wear No 66, Moeen Ali will have No 18 and Jonny Bairstow No 51. As per, Cricket Australia's operations department is in the planning phase to produce numbered Test shirts for the Ashes this winter.

Traditionally, names and numbers in global cricket are just used for one-day formats, although County Championship players wear them in their four-day first class matches.

Australia's Ashes squad will be named mid-July, with an Australia A series that is to run concurrent to the World Cup and Ashes to play a key role in selecting the squad.

However, numbers have never been worn in Tests since the game began in 1877.

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Australian batsman Travis Head said he would have no problems if the proposal was accepted.

Head said fans shouldn't be anxious about the move because it won't impact the game itself unlike recent changes made to diversify the format with the pink ball.

"It's not like the introduction of the pink ball for Test cricket, it's one of those innovations that won't have a huge impact on the game itself", Head said.

The only minor change to Test shirts came in 2001 when England introduced a small debut cap number under the Three Lions crest, other teams then following suit. "But I can't see anything negative about a decision like this, it's all to help out the viewers".

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