Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 28th 2014 Contents MANCHESTER---As the world of
cricket reels from the death of
Australian batsman Phillip
Hughes, it s hard to imagine that
less than 40 years ago the first
player to wear a full helmet dur-
ing a cricket test match was
booed by the crowd for his
On that day in 1978, Australian
left-hander Graham Yallop walked
to the crease in Barbados to a
backdrop of jeers, wearing an
improvised motorcycle helmet---
complete with plastic visor---to
protect him from the short-pitch
bowling by the West Indies' fear-
Almost 40 years on, the design
of cricket helmets is much more
refined and hi-tech, but are they
affording the right level of pro-
tection to batsmen receiving deliv-
eries of up to 90 miles per hour
from the world's quickest bowlers?
And will helmets ever guarantee
the safety of a batsman?
Those are the questions swirling
around a shaken sport following
the death of Hughes, two days
after he appeared to be struck on
the neck or the back of his head---
below the helmet he was wear-
ing---from a sharply rising delivery
during a match in Australia.
"It is important to say that there
will never be a day where we will
have a helmet that is completely
secure and eliminates risk alto-
gether," Angus Porter, chief exec-
utive of the English Professional
Cricketers' Association, told The
Associated Press. "I don't think
that is achievable."
Amid the outpouring of grief,
Hughes' death has been described
by many --- doctors and past or
present players---as a freakish
accident, a one-off. Australia great
Shane Warne said it was "just one
of those things" that can happen
on a cricket field.
"Sadly for Phil, it must have
hit one of the very few spots that
has done some damage, some
severe damage," said former Eng-
land captain Mike Gatting, who
had his nose broken by a short-
pitched delivery from West Indies
fast bowler Malcolm Marshall in
However, helmet manufacturers
are insisting more can be done.
Masuri, the maker of the helmet
Hughes was wearing on Tuesday,
said in a statement that he was
not wearing the latest model of
helmet that "does afford batsmen
extra protection" in the region
where Hughes was struck. It is
seeking more video footage to
determine the point of impact.
The managing director of
sporting goods company Albion
has said there is resistance among
players about wearing the most
"We need to do something to
enforce change," Albert Denning
told the Sydney Morning Herald,
"because a lot of it has been reluc-
tance from the playing group in
terms of embracing the new stuff."
He said most cricketers prefer the
"look and feel" of the more tra-
The motorcycle-style helmets
of the late 1970s and 80s, famous-
ly worn by Yallop and the likes of
former England players Tony Greig
and Dennis Amiss, had covering
at the back of the head. They were
regarded as too cumbersome,
though, and a balance needed to
be struck to improve sight and
Modern-day helmets are more
streamlined, with the shells on
the top of the head constructed
from fibre glass and/or carbon
fibre. The metal grille at the front
of the helmet offers protection
while minimizing its impact on
visibility. The neck is not covered.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, November 28, 2014
SHARJAH---The second day s play
in the third and final Test between
Pakistan and New Zealand has
been abandoned on news of the
tragic death of Australian batsman
Phillip Hughes yesterday.
The decision was taken by the
officials of both Pakistan Cricket
Board and New Zealand Cricket
after the news that 25-year-old
Hughes died yesterday, two days
after being struck in the head by a
cricket ball during a domestic first-
"It's a sad day for cricket," PCB
chairman Shaharyar Khan said in
"Pakistan's cricketing fraternity
is saddened by Hughes' passing
away, all our thoughts and prayers
are with Phil and his family."
Hughes was part of the Australian
team that thrashed Pakistan 3-0 in
the one-day series in the United
Arab Emirates last month.
Pakistan team manager and chief
selector Moin Khan said the whole
team "is shocked and saddened"
with the tragic death of Hughes.
"He (Hughes) was here with the
Australian limited-overs squad and
was very cheerful," Khan said.
Play will now resume today---to
be considered as the second day's
play---and both the cricket boards
decided to extend the test match.
The International Cricket Council
endorsed the decision to abandon
the test match for a day.
"As a mark of respect, both sides
have decided to treat the second
day as a rest day and extend the
Sharjah test to December 1, which
will be the final day of the three-
test series," the ICC said.
NZC chief executive David White
extended his deepest sympathy to
the family of Hughes.
"Cricket is a family," White said
in a statement.
"Quite apart from its super-com-
petitive edge, it is a game of kinship,
mateship and friendship; of cama-
raderie and community."
Pakistan scored a strong 281-3
with opening batsman Mohammad
Hafeez unbeaten on 178 and captain
Misbah-ul-Haq not out on 38.
Pakistan leads the three-match
series 1-0 after winning the first
test by 248 runs and forcing out a
draw last week.
Pakistan, Kiwis Test
postponed for a day
Tamim Iqbal has been fined 15 per-
cent of his match fee while Zimbab-
we batsman Hamilton Masakadza
received an official reprimand for
their behaviour during the
third one-day international on
Tamim was found guilty of a Level
1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct
for using abusive language following
an incident with Masakadza during
the fifth over of the match.
Masakadza showed an indecent
reaction to the umpire's decision,
after being caught behind while trying
a glancing shot.
Tamim admitted the charge and
accepted the sanction without a dis-
The fourth of the five-match ODI
series between the two sides will be
held today with Bangladesh taking
an unassailable 3-0 lead following
its record 124-run win over Zimbabwe
in the third match.
fined 15 per cent of fee
day of India s two-day
tour match against a
Cricket Australia XI
that was scheduled to
start today has been
called off as players
mourn the death of
Australian test batsman
The India players
were informed of Hugh-
es' death yesterday as
they trained at the Ade-
laide Oval. Coach Dun-
can Fletcher and direc-
tor Ravi Shastri called
the players into a huddle
to pass on the news of
Hughes' death in Syd-
In a statement, the
team said it joins the
across the world in
offering condolences to
the family of Phillip
Hughes who has
departed from our
midst. In this moment
of grief, we pray that
they are bestowed with
divine strength to
overcome this unfortu-
The tour match may
go ahead tomorrow and
Sunday after players
have been consulted.
India tour match suspended
In this computer generated image provided by Masuri Group Ltd and
issued on Tuesday shows a cricket helmet with old and new profiles. In
light of the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, are cricket
helmets affording the right level of protection to batsmen receiving
deliveries of up to 90 miles per hour from the world's quickest bowlers?
And will helmets ever guarantee the safety of a batsman? AP PHOTO
Focus on helmets
after death of Hughes
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