Australia Women will don an indigenously designed uniform in a T20 international against England in February 2020. Cricket Australia in collaboration with Aboriginal artists, Kirrae Whurrong woman Aunty Fiona Clarke, Butchulla woman Courtney Hagen and Asics, has designed the new uniform.
The uniform pays homage to the 1868 Aboriginal cricket team.
The front side features the Walkabout Wickets logo representing past, present and future Aboriginal cricketers. The large circle represents Lords, the smaller circles signifying the teams’ various meeting places and the wickets with no bails convey the game’s continual forward motion. The stumps flying represent Aboriginal cricketers beating England at their own game. The belt wraparound of the uniform demonstrates the years of the 1868 team’s journey, the story-telling of their descendants and families which has kept the story. The back of the strip illustrates women as warriors possessing strength and intelligence whilst standing with each other.
Australian all-rounder said Ash Gardner said, “As part of the touring party that celebrated the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Aboriginal team to tour England, I realise how powerful valuing culture through symbols like uniforms can be, about telling stories and raising awareness.”
Indigenous Engagement Specialist Courtney Hagen said, “It is a strong demonstration of respect, an acknowledgement to Australia’s First Nations peoples and a connection to the 1868 Aboriginal Team who toured England.”
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