30/05/2024

Proud First Nations cricketers Hannah Darlington and Ashleigh Gardner modelling this years Indigenous playing shirt. (Photo: Cricket Australia)

Australia's Indigenous designed shirt for this season will be worn for the first time this afternoon and all series during the One Day leg of the Multi-Format Women's Ashes

Australia’s First-Nations-inspired playing strip for this season will make its debut this afternoon in the Women’s Ashes First One-Day International against England.

The design is a collaboration between Kirrae Whurrong woman Aunty Fiona Clarke, who is the great-great-grandaughter of Grongarrong, one of the first cricketers to represent the country at the international level in 1868, and Courtney Hagen, a Butchulla and Gubbi Gubbi woman.

The pair have worked alongside ASICS to create the design which will be worn in all Three ODI matches of the Multi-Format Ashes. The men’s side was set to wear the shirt in the now-cancelled series against New Zealand. They still hope to wear the strip in a series later this year.

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The shirt includes the Walkabout Wickets artwork, which has since become synonymous with Australian cricket after being first revealed in 2016. It serves as a commemoration of the Australian cricketing trailblazers that made their names 150 years ago, whilst acknowledging the relationship that Australia’s First Nations peoples have had with the game of cricket.

The shirt depicts a myriad of circles that symbolise the everlasting journey that First Nations people will proceed forward on, stars representing the past Elders who have paved the way for current pioneers to shine, and a ‘meeting place’ on the reverse to connote all of the work done by Indigenous peoples toiling to toil and educate in order to fight for their communities, all working in tandem to show respect for First Nations peoples whilst combining sport and art.

Australia’s Indigenous Shirt (Photo: Cricket Australia)

Australia’s Ashes squad contains two First Nations players, with Kamilaroi woman Hannah Darlington and Muruwari woman Ashleigh Gardner, with the latter having impressed for the hosts already this series.

“All we want to do when we’re playing on the highest stages is to be able to inspire the next generation,” Gardner said.

“It just shows those young kids aspiring to play whatever sport, they can achieve those goals and there are no real limitations anymore on your cultural background.”

The One-Day International component of the Women’s Ashes starts today, with the first ball between Australia and England at Manuka Oval scheduled for 2:10pm.

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