It’s here. England’s kit for the home Cricket World Cup starting on 30 May has been revealed.
Channelling the spirit of the 1992 kit when England last reached the final of the tournament, the throwback colours will be worn for the first time in the warm-up match against Australia.
England’s players have worked directly with the New Balance development team to test and select fabrics that are comfortable to perform in with a view to enhancing performance.
The shirt can be buttoned up using three press studs to give it a smarter look and features a navy blue collar and a navy trim around the base of the sleeves, as well as thin red stripes across the chest. The flame red stripe is a nod to the T20 kit as the ECB feels it is important for the three England kits and teams to be connected.
The kit was revealed to media and fans at an event in Shadwell and was modelled on the evening by England stars Joe Root, Danni Wyatt and Jason Roy, along with Eoin Morgan.
The England ODI skipper said of the kit: “This summer represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the England team on home soil and having the support of the country will be crucial. Hopefully we’ll see the stands packed with fans all wearing the new shirt and cheering us on.”
Neil Fairbrother, who was part of the 1992 side and whose original jersey was on display at the launch event, said: “I look back with great fondness at my 1992 World Cup shirt. I believe it is the most iconic of England’s World Cup shirts and I think it is fantastic that New Balance and the ECB have decided to model this year’s kit on the much loved shirt of 1992.
“We unfortunately didn’t quite manage to go all the way, but here’s hoping that the team can lift the trophy this summer and ensure this shirt eclipses ours and is remembered with even more love and affection.”