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Australian One-Day International Cricket Team baggy yellow cap, worn by wicket keeper Rod Marsh

2006.0083.0003

Australian One-Day International Cricket Team baggy yellow cap, worn by wicket keeper Rod Marsh

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Description

Rod Marsh wore this cap during the 1982 season in which he played 17 matches, scored 179 runs and took 14 catches. Australia lost the series to the West Indies 3-1.

These Australian one day international cricket caps were manufactured by the Albion Hat & Cap Company throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. The style is known as a 'traditional English style' cap as opposed to the 'Australian baggy style' of the Test caps. After World Series Cricket disbanded in 1978-79, the Australian one day team took to the field in these caps in the 1979-80 series against the West Indies and England. Prior to this the official Australian team had worn the 'Baggy Green' in one day matches.

Physical description

Yellow felt cricket cap with rigid peak featuring an embroidered badge on the front representing the Australian coat of arms in green, red, white and blue. The cap is lined with grey material and has a white section in the centre which features the black handwritten text "BACCHUS" and a manufacturer's stamp.

Statement of significance

The Swan Richards collection consists of seven items relating to Australian cricket in the twentieth century. It includes Bill O'Reilly's NSW Sheffield Shield blazer, Rod Marsh's wicket keeping gloves and one day international cap, Greg Chappell's Australian Test cap and cricket bat and Wally Grout's wicket keeping gloves and world record 8-catch ball mounted as a trophy.

Robert 'Swan' Richards, a well known cricket identity and recipient of the Australian Sports Medal in 2000, collected these objects during his career as a cricket bat maker and businessman. The items in the collection relate to the history of Australian cricket from the end of the Second World War to the 1980s. During these five decades cricket changed immensely, from a game played by amateur sportsmen to one played by professional sportsmen in a commercial atmosphere.

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