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flannels
  1. Plural of flannel
  2. clothing made of flannel; especially trousers

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Cricket clothing also known as Flannels or more commonly Whites, is the term used for the kit or uniform worn by cricketers.
Originally, as indicated by the name whites, flannels were exclusively white or cream. Today, many competitions (particularly in the shortened one-day version of cricket) are played in coloured kit, also known jocularly as pyjamas.
Flannels were originally made from a variety of flannel materials. Typically, modern flannels will have trousers made with a high elastic content, to prevent damage while fielding. Shirts and jumpers can be short or long-sleeved, the former being particularly favoured by bowlers. Jumpers are traditionally made with a cable-knit design.
The term is also used in baseball, especially in a historical context when the uniforms were made of wool flannel.
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