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Cricket is a sport built on great traditions but all that could be changing in the near future. For the first time in 142 years of Test cricket, players are set to sport their names and numbers on their shirts when England host Australia in this summer's Ashes.

The change comes as part of the International Cricket Council's promotional plans for the new World Test Championship. The ICC wants to make players more easily identifiable to encourage greater engagement in Test cricket.

Names and numbers have been a feature on international limited-overs shirts and on the first-class kit in the County Championship for some time but Test whites have always been exempt.

England and Australia's latest battle for the urn begin on August 1 and will mark the beginning of the Test championship, a nine-team competition set to run until 2021, which could give added context to the longest format of the game.

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