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Black Caps had 'no desire or intent' to copy All Blacks with new kit

New Zealand Cricket insist that the Black Caps' new One Day International uniform is not a copy of the All Blacks' jersey, sporting a white collar during yesterday's clash with Sri Lanka in Mount Maunganui.

Playing in their new strip for the first time in yesterday's 45-run win at Bay Oval, the white collar was an obvious new feature to the Black Caps' uniform, resembling the kit that the All Blacks will wear going into this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.

However, speaking to Stuff, NZC Public Affairs Manager Richard Boock says that the similarity is merely a coincidence.

"The black and white shirt's something we wanted to get back to," he said.

"It's New Zealand's national colours.

Beauden Barrett and Ryan Crotty in the All Blacks' new jersey
Beauden Barrett and Ryan Crotty in the All Blacks' new jersey Source: Twitter/All Blacks

"There was no desire or intent to mimic any shirt from any other national team. But when your national colours are black and white, there are only so many ways you can do it."

The Black Caps' new white collar kit will be worn as they head into this year's Cricket World Cup in England.

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson walks from the field with team mate Ross Taylor
Black Caps captain Kane Williamson walks from the field with team mate Ross Taylor Source: Photosport