Hel­met worth it for Buck

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - BEN HORNE

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.

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