The History of Cricket Uniforms

The History of Cricket Uniforms

With the cricket season drawing closer, we thought we would take this opportunity to have a look back at Australia’s most popular Summer sport, and the uniforms behind the game.

Cricket Whites

The traditional cricket whites we all are so familiar with used to be referred to as flannels. They were originally white or cream, with the choice to go all-white introduced for practicality reasons. This is because the cricket is generally played in the heat of Summer, so the whites are the most practical colour, as they help to reflect the sun’s rays and therefore keep the wearer cooler.

At an International level, cricket whites are now only worn for test matches. However, up until the end of 2000, One Day International matches also used to be played in the traditional cricket white, before changing to coloured uniforms. 20/20 Matches are also always played in coloured uniforms.

Cricket whites can be made from a variety of flannel material, however most modern style cricket uniforms have trousers. While both long and short sleeved shirts and jumpers are available, bowlers often favour short sleeves, and wicketkeepers prefer long sleeves. Cricket jumpers are traditionally made with a cable-knit design.


Cricket helmets were not commonly used until the 1970’s. In fact, before this time, cricketers would often just use padded caps or even scarves to protect themselves.

The first ever cricket helmets were used in the World Series Cricket, with Dennis Amiss being the first player to wear a helmet on a regular basis. Cricket Australia now requires all batsman to wear helmets at all times. All cricket helmets must now be made in compliance with the recent safety standards of ICC.


With the Australian cricket season coming up in just a few weeks’ time, have you thought about what your team is going to be wearing this year? Do they need the traditional cricket whites, or are you looking at something a bit more colourful?



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The History of Cricket Uniforms

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