Steve Smith makes fun of former cricketers’ playing style after his side to appear in the older kits belonging to the times of 1999.
With Australia set to face Newzealand in a 3-match ODI series at home, starting from 13 March. Both sides are set to wear different kits on the field once the series commences.
In 2018, both the CA and the NZC decided to replace the series with a T20I tri-series also featuring England. Apparently, the series is subject to regular changes; so here we are, back with a ‘rebooted’ Chappell-Hadlee series in 2020.
This time both boards have decided to reform their kits. Newzealand will wear make a transition from blackcaps to a teal-based colour- something they last wore back in 1997.
Meanwhile, Australia will dawn a redesigned version of the iconic shooting star themed jersey; the same uniform in which Steve Waugh’s side lifted the 1999 World Cup in England.
Additionally, the batting and wicket-keeping helmets have also undergone a colour-palette switch- from dark green to bright yellow, last seen in 2000-01 series against Zimbabwe and West Indies.
Amidst all of this, Australian batsman Steve Smith did not leave the opportunity to joke about the set of previous generation players as he will soon wear their form of uniform.
During one of his net sessions earlier today, he decided to warm up to the new-coloured helmet with some humour. On being asked about the jersey, Smith replied, “Now that we wear these helmets, do we strike at 60?”.
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The comment comes as a subtle dig towards the batsmen of the past era, as the game back then was comparatively slower. Then Smith decided to tone down by a bit. “Ok, 70? Ten-overs, four-maidens, 2-30? Lucky the game’s evolved, eh?”.
The series comes just before the start of this edition of IPL, with Smith ready to reunite with his franchise Rajasthan Royals.