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Thread #156178   Message #3680390
Posted By: Backwoodsman
27-Nov-14 - 02:45 AM
Thread Name: BS: Australian Cricketer Dies From Injuries
Subject: BS: Australian Cricketer Dies From Injuries
As a lover of the world's greatest game, I'm very saddened by the death of Phil Hughes, the talented Australian Test Cricketer, following a head/neck-strike from a cricket ball. I'm sure that sport-lovers everywhere would wish to send their heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of this fine young sportsman.

Injuries suffered by sportsmen at any level in pursuance of the game they love and excel at are always sad, but this incident is especially poignant as the equipment designed to protect the batsman seems to have failed to do so effectively on this occasion.

Geoffrey Boycott, the ex-England and Yorkshire batsman has, in the past, expressed a belief that the modern-day use of helmets by batsmen has made the game more dangerous. His argument is that whereas, in the past when batsmen played without head-protection, they watched the ball carefully all the way in order to ensure their head was out of the track of the ball, nowadays when they wear helmets, they turn away from the ball and/or duck - thus they have no idea where the ball is going, and the chance of being struck is that much greater.

There are bound to be calls for improvements to head/neck protection for batsmen following Phil Hughes' tragic death, and that may well be something that's needed, but I'm inclined to believe that Geoffrey Boycott has a very good point and that better training of young batsmen is needed - to face the high ball, watch it closely, and not to turn away or duck.

I havent prefixed this thread as an obituary, as well as expressions of sympathy I'm hoping for a civil discussion of the issues this tragedy raises for the game. Please, guys, be respectful, no flaming, no trolling.