England got off to a flyer in the first test at Lord’s and started Joe Root’s tenure in charge with a convincing victory against South Africa.
With the start of a summer of test cricket in the UK and the sun finally shining, brands get to showcase their latest sunglasses and the big names all take centre stage; adidas, Oakley, Rudy Project and many more.
If you keep a close eye on a cricket field over summer, you’ll notice more and more players wearing Oakley’s, they are taking over! From Ben Stokes in his Racing Jacket’s to Faf Du Plessis sporting the casual Latch; Oakley is hitting the cricket market for six, and with good reason!
A lot like the England Cricket team, the Oakley Racing Jacket has had a resurgence this year, with some brand new colours released and flying off the shelves. Partially helped by exposure from high profile athletes such as Ben Stokes and cycling royalty, Geraint Thomas but mainly due to their legendary style and quality.
Oakley’s frames really cut it out on the cricket field; versatile, lightweight, durable, quality and most of all, stylish! One of the most popular frames out there at the moment is the is the ever popular and timeless Radarlock, worn by players such as Joe Root, Jimmy Anderson, JP Duminy and Faf Du Plessis.
The EVZero sunglasses are a popular option with cricketers due to their extremely lightweight frame construction. Morne Morkel and Jason Roy can be seen sporting Oakley’s lightest ever sports frame. Complete with a full shield style for a truly unobstructed view, perfect for picking out all that goes on during a day’s play. The addition of Oakley’s Unobtainium® earsocks and nosepieces keeps the glasses in place and adds extra comfort. Coming from someone who has worn these glasses, after about 5 minutes of wearing them, you completely forget you have them on!
Yes, that picture above isn’t Jimmy Anderson in his Oakley’s, but England’s most prolific wicket taker used to don the adidas Evil Eye Evo sunglasses. Sunglasses that were spotted at the home of cricket being worn by both Liam Dawson and Stuart Broad.
Adidas have established themselves as one of the best in the business, chancing their arm against the Oakley powerhouse and matching them! The Evil Eye Evo Pro and Evil Eye Halfrim Pro have hit the ground running and have really proved themselves as a front runner in the world of sports specific sunglasses. The adjustable temples and nosepads found in the Evil Eye series gives them an edge over their competitors and their lenses are brilliant, perfect for long sunny days out on the cricket field. More importantly, they look very smart in both the halfrim and fullrim style.
Liam Dawson made quite the impression with the ball in his first test on home soil, taking 2-34 in the second innings, including the dangerous wicket of Hashim Amla. It didn’t go as well with the bat, with Dawson falling for a duck in both innings.
Some of you more eagle eyed viewers out there would have spotted a lot of the South Africans wearing Rudy Project sunglasses. Not something often associated with cricket but a great option for something slightly different!
From temporary skipper Dean Elgar in his custom Agon’s to Temba Bavuma in a pair of Tralyx glasses, Rudy Project offer everything needed for a pair of world class sports sunglasses. Lightweight and well ventilated frames combine with incredibly clear optics and almost unbreakable lenses to create a pair of glasses more than at home on the world stage.
Cricket isn’t something often associated with Rudy Project and it has surprised us somewhat! Usually Rudy Project is focused on their two wheeled exploits, with plenty of Tour de France riders wearing their legendary sunglasses. Rudy Project has been a big supplier for South African cricketers for years and it stems from their domestic 20/20 league where Rudy Project made their big breakthrough and they have gone on since then. Despite the much more popular Oakley and adidas sunglasses being in their way, Rudy Project still manage to push through onto the world stage, getting the likes of Hashim Amla, one of the worlds best batsmen on board as they go.
So there you have it, a comprehensive round up of what you might have seen at the Home of Cricket over the weekend!
The second test starts on Friday at Trent Bridge, Nottingham with Joe Root’s men looking to take a commanding 2-0 series lead.
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