Compulsory neck guards on the helmets are not far away after an incident which involved star batsman and former captain Steve Smith during the second Ashes Test at Lords.Cricket Australia have been at the upfront of precautionary measures after the death of Philip Hughes who was hit at the base of brain during a Sheffield Shield match in November 2014.
After the incident at the Sydney Cricket Ground back in November 2014, the Australian board introduced a new rule for concussion substitutes in the game. Marnus Labuschange became the first cricketer in the 142 year history of test cricket to be a concussion substitute. The match referee, Roshan Madugale examined the Smith case and then announced a like-for-like replacement in Labuschange, who scored a fighting 50 to help the Australians draw the game at home of cricket Lords.
Alex Kountouris who is sports science and medicine chief of Cricket Australia that it is matter of time that the Neck Guards become a compulsion for the cricketers, he said this after Smith was hit on the head by a nasty Archer bouncer.
“Helmet manufacturers did the right thing and came out with products (after Hughes’ death). There was no real knowledge of the mechanism, what exactly they were trying to protect or stuff like that,” Kountouris told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Peter Brukner who was the former doctor of the Australia cricket team said that he was surprised that many cricketers didn’t use neck guards during the game.