May 17, 2008

Australian cricket

Australia ditch baggy greens for sponsor’s hats

Peter English
The Australian fielders have a look Gavin Wallace's injury, Jamaica XI v Australians, Trelawny, 1st day, May 16, 2008
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There were no baggy greens in sight on the opening day of Australia’s tour match against a Jamaica XI and Greg Matthews, speaking to the Sunday Mail, is furious. Cricket Australia says the players chose to wear the sponsor’s hats because not everyone has played in a Test and earned the traditional cap.

"Money talks, you're selling your pride, selling the baggy green, what price is it? It just cheapens things," Matthews said. "Personally, I would have worn my baggy green. I wouldn't have given a razoo what they told me.”

Peter English is former Australasia editor of ESPNcricinfo

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