Steve Smith breaks with tradition and FINALLY replaces the shabby baggy green with a brand new cap

Breaking with tradition, Steve Smith FINALLY replaces the shabby Baggy Green with a brand new hat after revealing RATS defaced it in Sri Lanka

On the opening day of the first test against South Africa in Brisbane, there was something distinctly different about Steve Smith.

The trademark extravagant leaves outside the stump were still there, as was the Australian star’s meticulous, fidgety routine before taking guard duty.

But when Smith performed at the Gabba, he did so in a brand new baggy green.

Steve Smith took to the field in a brand new baggy green in Brisbane on Saturday

Steve Smith took to the field in a brand new baggy green in Brisbane on Saturday

The former Australia captain came under fire in the second Test against the West Indies in Adelaide last week after donning a baggy green that appeared to have almost crumbled.

Smith later revealed his cap was so badly damaged because rodents had been chewing on it when he played in Sri Lanka during the July Test series.

“I left it in the Galle dressing room overnight like I do everywhere and turned up the next day and rats had gotten to it I think,” he told The Australian.

The 33-year-old isn’t the first Australian to wear his baggy green long after it looks worn.

His cap looked badly battered in last week's friendly against the West Indies

His cap looked badly battered in last week’s friendly against the West Indies

Steve Waugh was famously the first player to take the field with a cap in very poor condition, while icons like Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer wore green caps that literally fell apart on the final day of their Testing careers.

“I never thought of replacing it just because it had aged. I saw the stains, tears, fading and fraying as badges of honor, each imperfection told a story,” Waugh said.

In the 1990s, Waugh instituted the practice of having former players hand out the coveted cap to debutants after Mark Taylor created the tradition of marking players’ Test debuts for Australia by presenting them with the baggy green.

Ricky Ponting’s famous canopy has had to be repaired several times, including when the visor fell off, with new cracks and tears appearing until his last test 10 years ago.

Smith made 38 in Australia's first innings before being bowled out by Anrich Nortje with 10 minutes left in the day

Smith made 38 in Australia’s first innings before being bowled out by Anrich Nortje with 10 minutes left in the day

“I don’t have a piece of cricket memorabilia anywhere in my house but this is obviously a little bit more special than the rest,” he said during his latest test.

‘It might need a refurbishment or something else about it. It’s been done a few times over the years. So we’ll see what happens with that.’

Smith’s debut in his brand new hat was a mixed bag.

The former Australia captain made two catches as the hosts bowled South Africa wide for 152, sending Kyle Verreynne out of Nathan Lyon’s bowling and Keshav Maharaj out of Mitchell Starc’s bowling.

Mitchell Starc went 3-41 as Australia beat South Africa 152 on day one in Brisbane

Mitchell Starc went 3-41 as Australia beat South Africa 152 on day one in Brisbane

Smith went 38 in Australia’s first innings and formed a 117-run partnership with Travis Head before being bowled by Anrich Nortje with 10 minutes left in the day.

Head hit an unbeaten 78 from just 77 balls, with Australia stumbling at 5-145 after collapsing to 3-27.

Earlier, Starc went 3-41 as Australia tore through the tourists’ batting lineup on a green stretch in the Gabba. But the speedy star will have to wait to become the seventh Australia to reach 300 Test wickets after starting the match four from the milestone.

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Bradford Betz

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