ASICS teams up with artist Kirrae Whurrong Auntie Fiona Clarke

ASICS has launched the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup jersey for the Australian men’s team, as a tribute to the First Nations cricket team Aboriginal XI, who represented Australia in England in 1868.

ASICS and Cricket Australia worked with artist Kirrae Whurrong Aunty Fiona Clarke and Butchulla/Gubbi Gubbi wife Courtney Hagen to design the artwork for the shirt.

With the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup being hosted by Australia on home soil, Aunty Clarke said it provided an opportunity to represent past, present and emerging First Nations cricketers.

“The artwork is meant to symbolize each individual’s connection to themselves, their team, their community and the country around them,” Clarke said.

Clarke is a direct descendant of the late cricketer ‘Mosquito’ Couzens of the First XI.

The new ASICS uniform is the first of its kind to feature a First Nations design at a Cricket World Cup.

Latest technical improvements to the shirt include a comfortable, lightweight polyester fit, contrast mesh panels for breathability and a clean crew neck opening.

“The shirt has the ability to uplift and unite fans, and we hope this inspires and uplifts players as they put on the shirt and feel that connection with Australian fans,” said Mark Brunton, MD of ASICS for Oceania.

“ASICS are proud to have partnered with Cricket Australia to create a jersey that incorporates performance and technical benefits associated with First Nations design.”

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc has said his side will be the first cricket team to wear a First Nations jersey at a world event.

“We are very proud to wear a First Nations themed outfit for the upcoming T20 World Cup,” Starc said.

“The First XI team is an important part of cricketing history and we are honored that through this kit we will be sharing their history and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures on the world stage.”

The official replica 2022 Men’s T20 World Cup jersey and cap is available in-store and online; visit www.asics.com for resellers.

“Anima Sana In Corpore Sano”, which means “A healthy mind in a healthy body”, is an old Latin expression from which ASICS is derived and is the platform on which the brand still stands.

The company was founded 60 years ago by Kihachiro Onitsuka.

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