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Votes are in! Pick The Kit winner revealed
Fans vote for Australia to wear a replica of their 1999 World Cup uniform in ODI series against New Zealand next summer
27 February 2019, 09:00 PM AEST
The Australian men's one-day team will wear a replica of the 1999 World Cup kit against New Zealand next summer after fans voted overwhelmingly to bring back the iconic shooting stars uniform.
The 1999 World Cup-winning kit was an early favourite as soon as the #PickTheKit campaign was launched, and swept through the competition, including a massive victory in the final with 67 per cent of the more than 80,000 votes going in its favour.
Cricket Australia, with the support of kit-maker Asics and sponsor Alinta Energy, threw open the choice for the design of the 2019-20 men’s one-day uniform to Australia's fans.
The fan vote over the past week has been a runaway success, with eight short-listed retro kits from 1981 to 1999 pitted in head-to-head battles in a bracket system.
The poll was run across multiple platforms, with a total of almost 450,000 votes cast across cricket.com.au, the CA Live app and social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The 1999 World Cup kit was a popular choice among Australia's playing group as well, with the players getting behind the campaign from India where they're currently locked in a T20 and ODI tour as part of their World Cup preparations.
There's some key synergies that made a return for the 1999 World Cup kit such a clear winner, the 20th anniversary of the title won by Steve Waugh's Australians chief among them.
That year's World Cup was held on English soil, as will this year's edition in June and July. Australia's kit for the upcoming tournament is yet to be revealed, but it will not be a revival of a retro outfit.
Australia fast bowler Kane Richardson, currently with the touring party in India, called the 1999 uniform a "romantic pick" and said talk about the vote had been rife amongst the squad.
"A few other boys have said they want numbers on the pocket of the trousers," Richardson revealed on The Unplayable Podcast.
"I don't understand why we wouldn't do it. Nostalgia, and the yellow helmets – it has to be done!"
The 1999 World Cup kit first beat out the underrated outfit from the 1986-87 Perth Challenge, an ODI tournament held at the WACA featuring England, the West Indies and Pakistan that was held to celebrate Australia's defence of the America's Cup yachting trophy.
Having won that round with 69 per cent of the vote, it then claimed 68 per cent of the vote against the colourful kit from the 1992 World Cup that was held on home soil, a tournament in which Australia failed to make the semi-finals.
In the final, the Lightning Bolts design from 1992-94 that had the backing of current Australia players Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa was also swept aside as the 1999 look claimed two third of the votes.
On a classic Australian Gold palette, the front of the winning kit features the Southern Cross in green and zooming in from the lower left. Green collar and cuffs with gold stars complete the top, while the left leg also bears the Southern Cross over a right-handed batter's thigh guard.
Steve Waugh wore this kit when he lifted Australia's second World Cup trophy at Lord's – something Aaron Finch will be aiming to repeat this year – but that is far from the most memorable moment that occurred in this outfit. Indeed, it was the back-to-back games against tournament favourites South Africa that are most famous in Australian eyes.
Herschelle Gibbs' dropped catch and Waugh's subsequent century, Shane Warne's match-turning spell of leg-spin bowling and, of course, Allan Donald's run out are the stuff of cricket folklore.
But Australia had started life in this uniform in uncertain fashion. They won their first match at the tournament against Scotland but then lost to New Zealand and Pakistan, leaving them on the cusp of an inglorious early exit. But Waugh boldly proclaimed Australia could still lift the Cup – they just needed to win their next seven matches on the trot.
Bangladesh, the West Indies, India and Zimbabwe were all swept aside in increasingly assured performances before Australia met the Proteas in the final match of the Super Six stage at Headingley.
Gibbs dropped Waugh – and the World Cup, so the tale goes – and Australia's captain went on to post an unbeaten 120 in one of his finest ever ODI knocks to set up the rematch four days later.
It all looked to be going pear-shaped for the Aussies in their semi-final until Warne turned the match. In a thriller, Lance Klusener looked to have the Proteas home until Donald's brain explosion.
After that drama, Warne's four wickets to skittle Pakistan for 132 and Adam Gilchrist's quick-fire fifty in the final were almost anti-climactic, but Australia still celebrated long and hard with what would prove to be the first of three successive World Cup titles.
Final designs for the 2019-20 version of the retro kit will be revealed later this year after a design and consultation process.
Australia's World Cup fixtures
June 9: India v Australia, The Oval
June 12: Australia v Pakistan, Taunton
June 15: Sri Lanka v Australia, The Oval
June 20: Australia v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge
June 25: England v Australia, Lord's
July 9: Semi-Final 1, Old Trafford
July 11: Semi-Final 2, Edgbaston
July 14: Final, Lord's
For a full list of all World Cup fixtures, click HERE