Australia to sport 'baggy green' look

Australia will sport a different look in its one-day uniform this summer.

In a move more in keeping with the 'baggy green' tradition, the dominant colour of the uniform will be green.

Working with its apparel sponsor Adidas, the new look is the culmination of input from players and designers.

Adidas Australia marketing director Tim Jackson said: "The fabric has been matched to the colour of an original baggy green cap to ensure that the new, innovative shirts has its roots in the traditions of Australian cricket.

"All players' numbers and other design elements will be printed in metallic gold to create a true green and gold uniform."

Australian captain Ricky Ponting summed up the players' view.

"The baggy green is my most prized cricketing possession, as I know it is for all the boys, and I am thrilled at the prospect of wearing a uniform that reflects the tradition of Australian cricket."

Cricket Australia's chief executive James Sutherland said it was timely to make the change, especially with the big Ashes summer ahead.

"The forthcoming summer is going to be the biggest in Australian cricket history and it's only fitting that the tradition that embodies our national team will be reflected in the uniform the players wear this year," he said.

Ponting encouraged fans to wear the new colours this season.

"Help support the team by creating a sea of green and gold at every match we play," he said.

The uniform will be worn for the first time in the opening one-day international of the summer against England at the MCG on Friday, January 12.

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