Cricket...and the so-called cricket circus of Australian television millionaire, Kerry Packer, has made another break?
SV Andy Roberts of the West Indies (in pink) dismisses Australian batsman (in yellow) leg before wicket. (3 SHOTS)
AERIAL SHOT OF Play in progress.
SV Australian is bowled and middle stump is knocked out of the ground. (2 SHOTS)
SV West Indian Wayne Daniel bowls.
SV Australian player has leg stump knocked out of the ground. (2 SHOTS)
SV Viv Richards congratulates Daniel.
SV West Indian captain, Clive Lloyd, and Australian captain, Ian Chappell, talking to reporter. (2 SHOTS)
COMMENTATOR:"Never before has it been so easy to distinguish opposing teams. Whether it be from the grandstands or a thousand metres above the ground. You can say without mistake that the West Indies are bowling and the World Series' Australians are batting. Umpires too are unmistakable, They's the ones in powder-blue shirts. It might all seem a little bright, gay, and a target for establishment condemnation, but that's not how the players see it. Captains Clive Lloyd and Ian Chappell.
LLOYD:"I think it's quite alright. Of course i suppose that anything new, we just wanted to see that it was like. And we thoroughly enjoyed it. I suppose the crowd could recognise us. That's the main thing."
CHAPPELL:"I was watching a little bot on the television before I went into bat. The white ball seemed to show out a lot better against the clothing -- so that's probably an added advantage to wicket-keeper, gully fielders and the umpires, I suppose."
COMMENTATORS: BILL LAWRY AND RONY COZIER
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Background: Cricket...and the so-called cricket circus of Australian television millionaire, Kerry Packer, has made another break from tradition with the introduction of team colours. At the Sydney cricket ground on Wednesday (17 January) the Australian team turned out in `wattle yellow', and the West Indians in `strawberry mouse'. The West Indies won the rain-interrupted limited overs game on a faster run rate. But Australian newsmen were more interested in fashion than the cricket, labelling the players `flannelled fairies'. The West Indians were said to have reservations about appearing in an effeminate shade of pink, but the move does appear to have some advantages. A report from Sydney's TCN-Nine commentators -- Bill Lawry and Tony Cozier.