Test Cricket set to break with tradition as names and numbers set to appear on playing shirts

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Cricket is a sport built on great traditions but all that could be changing in the near future.

The Daily Mail reports that the upcoming Ashes series between England and Australia will see names and numbers on the back of shirts of the players.

Fans of sports such as football and rugby may shrug their shoulders and say 'who cares' as it has been a common sight for as long as you can remember.

However for the longest form of cricket, it is a step into the unknown as it will be the first time it has occurred in the 142-year history of Test matches.

While One-Day and T20 Cricket have brought colourful kits into the mainstream, Test cricket has stuck with the predominantly white strip with the only change in more recent times being a small sponsorship logo.

Four-day domestic cricket in England and Australia have featured names and numbers for a few years now.

The main reason behind the change is said to be the commencement of the ICC World Championship of Test Cricket which is a two-year competition involving nine nations that begins with the Ashes and ends with a final in 2021.

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The ICC wants players to be more identifiable like they are in the shorter forms of the game but the ruling is sure to rankle with some of the traditionists.

England will be the centre of the cricketing universe in 2019 with the World Cup taking place in May and July, before the Ashes takes centre stage at the beginning of August.

The home team will be looking to avenge their 4-0 loss in Australia in 2016/7

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