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If Villa were... a Test Cricket team

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If Villa were... a Test Cricket team

Our latest version of 'If Villa were', where we imagine our club in different sporting lights, sees us head to the crease.

Ahead of the start of The Ashes – considered the game's greatest rivalry between England and Australia – we've envisaged ourselves as a Test Cricket side.

The attire...

White is etched into Test Cricket folklore, so we've put our creative heads on over the last few days to put our mark on the outfit in a different way.

Our kit supplier Under Armour make an appearance on the shirt, while there's patches of our secondary colours white and light blue incorporated into the gloves.

Test Cricket With Flash

But our identity really comes across in the helmet and bat.

We've swapped the three lions of England and Wales Cricket on the front of the helmet and, of course, replaced it with our own, while the bat also allows for some progression from the traditional aspects of the attire, where lion claw marks can be found.

If our squad played...

This week, we're putting our goalkeepers Sam Johnstone, Jed Steer and Mark Bunn forward for selection, for obvious reasons.

With the catch one of the major ways to get your opponent out, it makes sense that our stoppers make the Test XI.

Their abilities at wicketkeeper would no doubt come in handy, as would their bowling.

As an Aussie, Mile Jedinak would also make the cut.

Jedinak Australia 2

Just last month, we quizzed our midfield maestro on the topic of the upcoming Ashes Series.

Jedinak said: "On home soil, I'd fancy our chances.

"I think we back ourselves. It'll be an interesting series.

"Hopefully we can regain the urn!"

Villa Links...

We have a couple of famous professional cricketers who support Villa.

And we've put one front and centre to model our imaginary outfit – England star and soon to be an Ashes major player Chris Woakes.

Woakes is a lifelong Villan and can regularly be seen around Villa Park on matchday.

We'll be in touch with him frequently during his time Down Under, so look out for his thoughts on our digital channels soon.

In the meantime, all there's left to say is good luck and bring the urn home, Chris!

Former England international Ian Bell is also a big Villa supporter, and he was with boss Steve Bruce earlier this week taking on some charity work.

Dan Connor
By @danconnor 17th November 2017