The evolution of the Australian jersey in the past two decades
When India won its first ever World Cup, the teams wore white kits and the innings lasted for 60 overs, ten more than the current quota of 50 overs a side. Thanks to Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket tournament, things began to change drastically in the limited overs format. Teams began to ditch their traditional white coloured jerseys for a more colourful one.
Perhaps, the Australians ended up having the most attractive jersey of the lot. A gold top matched by an equal share of yellow in the track suits blew the spectators’ mind. From the traditional golden yellow to the sophisticated baggy-green , the team from down under have let no stone unturned in producing quality kits.
Over the past few years, we have seen a lot of changes in the Aussie jerseys in terms of colour and design. Let’s take a closer look at the evolution of the Australian jersey over the past two decades:
#1 The iconic 1992 World Cup kit
The first World Cup (1992 version) to be played under artificial lights was a memorable tournament. All the participating teams had similar jersey designs and broke an insane amount of records while playing in this kit. Twenty-four years later, kit makers still struggle to come up with better designs. A bright yellow top with rainbow stripes on the sleeves, the kit was a showstopper. With a massive recall value for the simplicity in their designs, the 1992 World Cup jersey was simply a must have.
As far as cricket was concerned, the tournament was a miserable one for the hosts. Four losses in eight group stage matches gave Australia zero chance to qualify for the semi-finals. While Martin Crowe was adjudged as the Player of the Tournament, a certain 26-year-old youngster named Wasim Akram made all the headlines. He was unplayable and ended the tournament with 18 scalps under his belt.