Helmet worth it for Buck
CHRIS Rogers was yesterday stunned by a shock first- up bouncer to the side of the head, but the opener’s wearing of a helmet designed in the wake of the Phillip Hughes tragedy may have protected him from further damage.
Several Australian players are wearing the new Masuri Honeycomb helmets in the nets, but so far “Buck” Rogers is the only batsman to sport one in an actual match.
The extra protection it provides helped soften the blow from a James Anderson short ball on the first ball of day two of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s.
Overall the incident was minor, but the kind of delivery and where it struck Rogers wasn’t dissimilar to what happened to Hughes.
There is a concerted effort by Cricket Australia as part of their review into Hughes’ death to have players around the country change to wearing the helmets with the flexible honeycomb padding attached around the side of the head – to cover the vulnerable area where the beloved former Test batsman was struck on that fateful day at the SCG last year.
NSW Cricket alone have ordered more than 50 of the new helmets for players throughout the grades to wear for the coming season, with English manufacturer Masuri scrambling to meet the increased demand.
It was on this innovative piece of padding that Rogers ( 173) was hit by an unexpected bouncer from Anderson, leaving the Lord’s crowd in shocked silence as England players and batting partner Steve Smith gathered around the Australian left- hander to check on his wellbeing.
Rogers was given a quick once- over and treated for a cut behind the ear before being cleared to resume batting.