Major shake-up planned for Test cricket

A first in the world of Test cricket is being proposed for Australian players – having their names and a number on the back of their shirts.

According to, Cricket Australia is said to be well down the path of arranging the production of numbered attire.

If the proposed change goes ahead, it will be the first time an international Test team has worn numbers and names.

Both the Sheffield Shield in Australia and the English County Championship already use the numbered shirts.

A proposal to have player names and numbers on test attire is being considered. It will work similarly to player uniform requirements in the Sheffield Shield. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Players have worn white or cream clothing since the introduction of Test cricket in 1877.

While some have been bothered by the proposal, Australian cricketer Travis Head said he would welcome the change.

“It doesn’t bother me in the slightest, and I think if it helps the fans then that’s a good thing,” Head told

“That’s why they brought it into Shield cricket, so that people could identify players they probably don’t see all that often, especially now with games being live-streamed.

“Obviously, the detail in the television coverage these days is pretty good, so I guess this is aimed more at people who are at the ground.”

Head said another reason for his support was that the change was purely cosmetic.

“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,” he said.

“But if it means kids can identify their favourite player a bit more easily at the ground, then I’m all for it.”

Change destined for Ashes

The changes to players’ kit has been proposed ahead of the ICC Test Championship, which begins in August.

Numbered shirts are being prepared for Australia’s team ahead of the upcoming Ashes series against England.

The upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, as well as an Australia A Test series set to run at roughly the same time, are likely to be crucial when it comes to selecting the side.

What role once ousted pair Steve Smith and David Warner have in that team is yet to be determined.

Both have rejoined the Australian team following the conclusion of their 12-month bans.