Stars support new adidas kit
England's new adidas kit has received a resounding thumbs-up from the players who will be wearing it this summer.
Michael Vaughan, Kevin Pietersen and England women's captain Charlotte Edwards enthusiastically backed the new range which was previewed at Lord's on Thursday.
Three new kits were shown - England will wear a new-look white Test kit, all-blue for one-day internationals and red for Twenty20 matches.
"I know that technology plays a massive part in modern day sports," said Vaughan. "With a brand like adidas behind the England team now, we know that as much technology and as much thought would have gone into providing us with the best possible kit, the best possible fabric to give us the added advantage out in the middle so we know we are in good hands.
"We’re breaking away from the traditional creams," he added. "When you talk about cricket everyone predominantly talks about cricket whites but this is actually the first official whites that we’ve ever played in a game.
"It should stand out in the middle which is again a great thing for all kids watching as they all want to be able to see a stand-out player from the stands or through the TV screens as I am sure this kit will do that."
The skipper was also pleased to dispense with the traditional cricket jumper.
"It has been my bug-bear for many a year," he said. "This new fabric will obviously give us a lighter feel, a faster feel but also keep us with the right amount of heat required for us to perform at the highest level. Even if it’s a little bit cold, I am absolutely delighted to see the end of, what I hope, will be the last woolley cricket sweater."
Pietersen echoed Vaughan's thoughts on the new kit.
"It feels sensational," he said. "We’re a very, very lucky England cricket team to be affiliated to such a great brand as adidas who have put some real real hard work into the equipment.
"They’ve got three specific materials - the Formotion, the flow mapping and the Climacool which is incorporated in all the equipment which makes it so much more comfortable for us to use and so much more of a huge, huge assistance in our performance - cricket being a performance sport we need all the help we can get.
"This is the best stuff an England cricket team has ever got their hands on and we look forward to getting involved in and using it to the best of our abilities."
The England women's side are currently surfing the crest of a wave after their historic Ashes victory in Australia and 3-1 series win in New Zealand.
Edwards was in charge for that victorious trip and said the new kit - specially fitted for women - is another boost for her side.
"I absolutely love it," she said. "We’ve been looking forward to seeing this for a number of months now so to finally see it and see the great colours I just think it’s going to look fantastic and I am sure many teams are going to be envious of us.
"It’s great that adidas have delivered a kit especially just for us," she added. "It’s a great fit and so often we’ve been used to wearing the men’s kit and it’s just so nice now that it’s perfectly fitted. It definitely makes us feel special and hopefully the performance will show that."