Fans of test cricket are taking to social media to voice their disapproval in crickets decision to put names and numbers on the back of players shirts, breaking a 142-year tradition.
The announcement comes ahead of an exciting Ashes series starting in August following the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England. This will be the first series to adopt the new kit.
After 142 years and 2,351 Test matches a new look has been unveiled for the oldest form of the game. https://t.co/RhvDSZImSu [pic.twitter.com/iWYEX8JEbY](http://pic.twitter.com/iWYEX8JEbY)
— http://cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) July 7, 2019
A photo posted to the official cricket.com.au Twitter account of Australia’s Tim Paine donning the new shirt in an Australia A tour match has sparked outrage from loyal fans of the long-form game. The hope for adding names and numbers is said to have been made “in order to engage new fans and help identify the players.”
Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
— TheLMC (@TheLMC) July 7, 2019