Rod Marsh's cap
This One-Day International cricket cap was worn by Australian wicketkeeper Rod Marsh during the 1982 season. One-Day Internationals, in which each side plays 50 overs, emerged from the World Series Cricket competition.
Rod Marsh's one-day cap from 1982 is a traditional English style cricket cap which has a closer fitted crown than the Australian 'baggy green'. Photo: George Serras.
In 1977, businessman Kerry Packer sought to buy exclusive rights to broadcast Test cricket on his Nine Network. The Australian Cricket Board turned him down so Packer created an alternative cricket competition that he could televise — World Series Cricket.
Sixty-six of the world's best players signed contracts to play in the new competition.
For many it was an opportunity earn a decent living from cricket, but there was also a price to pay. Australians who signed, such as Greg and Ian Chappell, Dennis Lillee and Rod Marsh, were banned from playing Test and first-class cricket.
Left: Dennis Lillee supports the World Series Cricket brand. Courtesy: Adrian Murrell, Getty Images.
By its second season World Series Cricket was so successful that the Australian Cricket Board was forced to negotiate with Packer. The Nine Network won the exclusive television rights, and a new integrated competition copied the World Series Cricket format. A regular cricket season now included a Test series between three international teams and a triangular one-day tournament.