England have been made to look silly at the Cricket World Cup after a manufacturing blunder saw them take the field in varying shirts.
Photos of the players during their opening two games of the tournament in India, against New Zealand and Pakistan, appear to show a difference in the size of the font on the front of the shirt.
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In a team photo, seven of the 15 squad members have shirts which say ‘ENGLAND’ in a smaller font than that of the other eight players’ shirts.
Mark Wood, Gus Atkinson, Reece Topley, Harry Brook, David Willey, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes all appeared to be wearing shirts with the smaller font size.
The England team and their mismatched shirts. Credit: Getty
Worse still, for some players, the logo of team sponsor Cinch appears on the left sleeve and kit supplier Castore’s logo appears on the right sleeve, while for others, it’s the opposite.
Even more confusing is that some players with one size font have one logo orientation on the sleeves, and some have the reverse.
“There was a printing issue on one batch of shirts by a third party, which we are working to resolve,” a statement from the England Cricket Board (ECB) read.
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Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes wearing different shirts. Credit: Getty
The ECB hopes to have the issue resolved by their next match against Afghanistan, where all shirt will feature the smaller size font.
But the printing issue didn’t seem to worry the players on the field as they turned their World Cup title defence around with a 137-run hammering of Bangladesh.
Dawid Malan smashed a career-best 140 and Topley wreaked havoc with the ball as England bounced back from their nine-wicket thrashing by New Zealand in the tournament opener.
Sent in to bat, England made 9-364 after their top order fired with Malan forging century-plus partnerships with Jonny Bairstow, who made 52 on his 100th appearance, and Joe Root, whose 82 took him past Graham Gooch as England’s all-time leading run-scorer in the tournament.
Playing his first match of the tournament, left-arm quick Topley (4-43) wrecked Bangladesh’s top order in the first six overs to set England up for an easy victory.
Bangladesh were all out for 227 in 48.2 overs, and it could have been a bigger loss but for battling knocks by Litton Das (76) and Mushfiqur Rahim (51).
Malan clobbered five sixes and 16 fours in his 107-ball blitz, which was eventually ended when he lost his off-stump to spinner Mahedi Hasan (4-71).
England’s Dawid Malan, left, celebrates his century with Joe Root.(AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia) Credit: Ashwini Bhatia/AP
Despite averaging 63.15 in 50-over cricket, with a strike rate of 98.44 and six hundreds in 23 matches Malan always seems to have plenty of doubters, and he knows it.
“I feel like every series I’m under pressure,” he said.
“For me to keep silencing people is all I can do. If I can score as many runs as I can and help contribute to wins hopefully eventually people’s opinions might change.
“I’m just hungry, hungry to play, to play well, hungry to score runs and win games of cricket.
“I’ve wanted to be part of this team for so long and it’s been impossible to break into with players that have been so good. I’m desperate to do well in this format and prove a point that I deserve to be in there.”
When he departed England looked set to pass 400, but a flurry of wickets prevented them making the most of their final 10 overs.
Shoriful Islam (3-75), having sent back Jos Buttler in his previous over, dismissed Root and Liam Livingstone off successive deliveries, but Sam Curran denied him a hat-trick.Nevertheless it was still England’s biggest World Cup total on foreign soil and easily enough to get the job done.
Reece Topley was on fire for England. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia) Credit: Ashwini Bhatia/AP
Topley had come in for spinning allrounder Moeen Ali and made the most of his World Cup debut having been injured, and ruled out, on the eve of the T20 tournament.
He took two in two balls in his opening over then clean bowled captain Shakib Al Hasan with a wonderful ball.
When Woakes nicked off Mehidy Hasan Miraz it was hard to see a way back from 4-49 and Bangladesh never really attempted to tackle the spiralling required rate.
Liton Das and Mushfiqur made England work before Woakes and Topley returned to add to their hauls, but the sense of any danger had long disappeared.
“I think a really good performance to bounce back from a disappointing first game and we still feel there are areas to improve,” England captain Jos Buttler said.
“We could’ve got more at the back end.”
“We didn’t start well enough,” Shakib said of Bangladesh’s bowling. “If you give them a sniff, they will always come hard.”
– With AAP
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