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Thread #156178   Message #3680396
Posted By: Musket
27-Nov-14 - 03:23 AM
Thread Name: BS: Australian Cricketer Dies From Injuries
Subject: RE: BS: Australian Cricketer Dies From Injuries
Awful and tragic. The argument for and against helmets has been raging for a long time. On balance, they must have resulted in less injuries. It just doesn't seem logical otherwise.

Boycott may have a point, but whether that point is an argument for turning a freak accident to a systemic concern is another matter. When he played, nobody aimed a ball at silly mid on (for example) to intimidate them, largely because of possible injury. The game has become more competitive since then. Balls are faster as fitness and technique has improved. I used to be a regular at Worksop's annual Notts V Yorkshire as a lad and seeing players smoking and drinking pints waiting to bat?

We didn't need a third umpire when a batsman walked. The batsman knew better than anyone whether ball or pad had a nick, and we relied on sportsmanship. Now, they stand there till ordered out. Yeah, some didn't play fair but they were rare. It is visibly more competitive now. Go back before our time and when Larwood & co used the body line, there was a diplomatic breakdown with questions in both parliaments!

Helmets are here to stay, regardless. Boycott may be making a valid point but the odds of this being a problem for the future?