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Cricket Australia makes neck guards obligatory for batters regardless of Smith and Warner’s desire

Cricket Australia will make neck guards obligatory for Australia and home gamers from October 1 that means the likes of Steven Smith and David Warner, amongst others, might be pressured to put on them on their helmets having resisted doing so since their introduction in 2015.

Obligatory neck guards are one in every of a variety of modifications made to CA’s enjoying situations forward of the 2023-24 season together with a change to the automated six rule for balls that hit the roof at Marvel Stadium within the BBL, with the umpires now to make a discretionary resolution on whether or not the ball was travelling over the boundary. A number of different modifications have been made to hurry up play within the Massive Bash leagues, together with closing dates on harm stoppages and streamlining stumping opinions.

However the resolution to make neck guards obligatory may have the largest affect on Australia’s males’s gamers with Smith, Warner and Usman Khawaja among the many main names to not use them since their introduction. Gamers should put on neck guards on their helmets when going through quick or medium-paced bowling solely. The rule doesn’t apply to going through spinners or for wicketkeepers and close-in fielders.

Neck or stem guards have been designed within the wake of Phillip Hughes‘ loss of life. Warner, who was enjoying within the sport when Hughes was struck, made a really robust written assertion within the New South Wales coroner’s inquest into Hughes’ loss of life about why he wouldn’t put on neck or stem guards.

“I don’t and won’t put on them,” Warner wrote. “After I flip my head…sporting a StemGuard, it impedes my neck and restricts the motion of my neck after I flip round to face bowlers. I’ve tried a StemGuard and it digs into my neck. It’s uncomfortable and is a distraction.

“With security, the helmets are getting heavier. As a participant, it’s what you’re feeling snug with. I’m going with having the ability to see higher, and having the ability to transfer my neck.”

Smith has additionally averted sporting them excluding a few events. He was not sporting one when he was concussed after being hit by Jofra Archer in a Check match at Lord’s in 2019. He spoke about having to put on one on his return from concussion throughout that sequence.

“I’ve tried them earlier than and I attempted them the opposite day after I was batting [in the nets] and I reckon my coronary heart price went up about 30 or 40 right away,” Smith stated. “I simply really feel claustrophobic. I evaluate it to being caught in an MRI scan machine.

“They’re most likely going to turn into obligatory, so I’ll need to get used to them. I am positive the extra I put on them, the extra I follow with them, my coronary heart price will come down and every little thing might be okay.”

Smith did put on one within the Previous Trafford Check of that sequence and made 211 and 82 however has averted utilizing one since excluding his three-game stint with Sussex earlier this yr because it was obligatory in county cricket beneath ECB guidelines – the sport was briefly stopped when Smith was informed he needed to get them added to his helmet. It’s not obligatory for abroad gamers in Check matches in England so he didn’t put on one throughout the 2023 Ashes.

CA has now launched comparable guidelines on neck guards to the ECB with umpires to implement their use in home matches, however these requirements will apply to Australia’s worldwide gamers solely in all matches each house and away, though worldwide umpires cannot implement them beneath ICC guidelines. Australian gamers selecting to not put on them will now face CA code of conduct penalties.

“Defending the top and neck is extraordinarily essential in our sport,” CA head of cricket operations Peter Roach stated. “The neck protector product has come a great distance in recent times and the choice to make them obligatory comes off the again of loads of recommendation and session with a variety of specialists and stakeholders.”

Modifications to stumping opinions

In different modifications to the enjoying situations, balls hitting the roof at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne are not robotically six. The on-field umpires will now make a judgment name on whether or not the ball was travelling for six and in the event that they resolve it was not, it is going to be a useless ball. This follows a number of examples the place high edges that went straight up into the roof have been awarded six runs regardless of clear proof that the ball wouldn’t have landed past the internal circle.

Additionally within the BBL and WBBL, any umpire opinions for a stumping is not going to embrace a TV umpire evaluate for caught behind as effectively. The TV official will solely adjudicate on the stumping. Captains might want to use the DRS to question a caught-behind resolution and the evaluate should be taken earlier than the TV umpire adjudicates on a stumping.

There have been additionally a number of new situations added to hurry up play. On-field harm assessments, excluding concussion assessments, at the moment are restricted to at least one five-minute window. Gamers needing additional remedy might want to depart the sector, that means batters can be pressured to retire harm.

CA has additionally eliminated the Covid-19 substitute rule from their enjoying situations according to the ICC doing the identical.

Alex Malcolm is an Affiliate Editor at ESPNcricinfo



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