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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 13 November 2019

Ranked: Cricket World Cup 2019 kits from worst to best

It's been 20 years since a World Cup on English shores. 1999 was a vintage, so how does this edition shape up in the fashion stakes?

There's two vintage World Cup years that have defined the aesthetics of one-day cricket.

The first, 1992, saw eight teams sport a single-style design, the only interchangeable was the base colour. It was glorious.

At the time the shirts helped shake off much of the derision from purists around limited-over cricket being played in coloured pyjamas. Today, the shirts remain a staple at cricket grounds around the world and can still be found in official cricket stores - even for teams who never took part in the tournament.

The last vintage year was the last time a World Cup was held on English shores, in 1999. In the space of seven years, national teams were allowed to explore and find a colour scheme and design to fit.

It was a time for experimentation. New Zealand, a country you associate with black and white (and at a push kiwi), were sporting a teal strip. Teal! England and India swapped their end of the blue spectrum and the eventual winners, Australia set the tone for tournaments to come in the canary yellow and green starred strip.

The pick of the bunch was Pakistan. The sight of tearaway fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar sprinting in a pistachio day-glow green to hurl a 160kph delivery was a treat.

So what about 2019? Above, I rank the 10 shirts on show from worst to best.

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Updated: May 26, 2019 10:28 AM