Trans-Tasman rivalry goes retro as cricket continues bushfire relief efforts
A throwback to uniforms of the 1990s will be a prominent feature of the Gillette ODI Series between Australia and New Zealand, as Australia aims to win back the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy from Friday March 13 at the SCG.
The Australian men will don their 1999 Cricket World Cup replica uniform produced by ASICS, with New Zealand joining in the fun wearing the ‘teal fern’ strip from their ODI campaigns of the late 1990s.
Commencing this Friday at the SCG and followed by another Sydney fixture on Sunday March 15, the series will be rounded out by a third match at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena on Friday March 20.
Australian Men’s ODI batsmen David Warner, Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short revealed the full kits and helmets this morning, before speaking to media at the SCG.
At the SCG matches, Australian cricket will continue its commitment to recognising the efforts of emergency services personnel who fought and responded to bushfires over the summer by inviting all firefighters and first responders to a day at the cricket on Cricket Australia.
Members of the New South Wales Rural Fire Services will be in attendance at the two SCG matches, with more than 600 people taking up the offer.
To date, $7.97 million has been raised for Bushfire Relief this summer by the Australian cricket family, headlined by the Big Appeal which raised a significant amount of funds for the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.Fans still have the opportunity to donate to the Australian Red Cross, with auction items from the Big Appeal reopened from Friday, March 13 to Tuesday, March 17 at cricket.com.au/bigappeal.
Some great collectors’ items are available including replica Kookaburra retro bats signed by Ricky Ponting, Brad Haddin, Justin Langer and Luke Hodge, signed shoes and even a stump signed by Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh from the Quarter Final of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager of Fan Engagement, Anthony Everard, said he is excited to see the retro kits unveiled on the field, along with the continued Bushfire Relief efforts.
“Earlier this year, we asked our fans to ‘pick the kit’ for the Gillette ODI Series against New Zealand and we were delighted with the response and New Zealand Cricket’s enthusiasm to follow suit,” Everard said.
“The 1999 World Cup kit was a unanimous favourite of the Australian cricketing public, which saw Australia win the first of a run of three straight World Cup titles.
“These fixtures will be the final ODI matches played at home before the ICC ODI League begins, which will serve as the part of the qualification process for the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India.
“We’re also delighted that cricket’s commitment to those who have been impacted by the devastating bushfires of the summer continues. It’s an opportunity for these true heroes of our community to be have some timeout with their family and be thanked for their tireless efforts in helping fight what have been the most horrific bushfires our country has ever seen.
“It’s fantastic to see that more than 600 of our fireys from the Blue mountains, Central Coast and Port Macquarie will be at the cricket on Friday or Sunday at the SCG.
“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Australians who have helped Australian cricket raised $7.97 million for bushfire relief and recovery efforts across the country. We’re really hopeful of getting to the $8 million mark, and we have some awesome auction items that fans can bid on from this Friday.
“Cricket Australia has also established a dedicated Community Bushfire Recovery Fund of $2 million to support the many cricket clubs and cricket communities impacted by bushfire emergency re-establish their clubs and get back on their feet.
“All Australian cricketers, via the Australian Cricketers’ Association, have also chipped in up to $2 million through the Grassroots Cricket Fund to support cricket clubs and associations recover from the impact of the fires.”
Tickets to the Gillette ODI Series are available at ticketek.com.au.