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Australia Test Cricketer "Alan Fairfax wearing the traditional white sweater and the NSW XI cap.

Cricket clothing and equipment is regulated by the "Laws of Cricket. Cricket clothing, known as "cricket whites, or flannels, is slightly loose fitting so as not to restrict players' movements. Use of protective equipment, such as helmets, gloves and pads, is also regulated.


Clothing and protective wear[edit]

A box, as worn by male batsmen
A thigh pad, worn by batsmen

Batsmen are allowed to wear gloves while batting. The batsman can be also "caught out if the ball touches the glove instead of the bat, provided the hand is in contact with the bat. This is because the glove is considered to be the extension of the bat. The batsman may also wear protective helmets usually with a visor to protect themselves. Helmets are usually employed when facing "fast bowlers. While playing spinners, it might not be employed.

Fielders cannot use gloves to field the ball. If they wilfully use any part of their clothing to field the ball they may be penalised 5 penalty runs to the opposition. If the fielders are fielding close to the batsman, they are allowed to use helmets and leg guards worn under their clothing.[1]

As the wicket-keeper is positioned directly behind the batsman, and therefore has the ball bowled directly at him, he is the only fielder allowed to wear gloves and (external) leg guards.[2]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Appendix D "Laws of Cricket. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  2. ^ Law 40 (The wicket-keeper) "Laws of Cricket. Retrieved 23 November 2013.

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