Even if Phillip Hughes was wearing a more modern helmet and a neck guard, it would have been unlikely to prevent his death. This is the finding of an independent review on the death of former test cricketer revealed.
Hughes died in 2014 after a freak accident in which he was struck on the back of the head by a cricket ball during a match. He was playing for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield game. Hughes was struck below the helmet to the left upper side of his neck. He died two days after the accident, stated Sky Sports.
As reported by reported ABC, the Barrister David Curtain who led the report, said, “The helmet was compliant with an Australian standard, which has since been withdrawn, but was not compliant with the more recent British standard.”
He went on, “In any event, I do not believe the new helmet would have afforded additional protection against the blow given the location of where Phillip was struck, as the protection to the neck, at the rear, is no different.” The report also confirmed that the slow arrival of the ambulance to the Sydney Cricket Ground had nothing to do with the unfortunate death of the Australian cricketer.
He added, “Although there was apparently a delay in the ambulance arriving, Phillip was being cared for appropriately in the interim.”
Apparently, Phillip Hughes was wearing a Masuri brand helmet. The barrister also said that more evaluation is needed to check the effectiveness of clip-on neck guards in preventing such accidents.
He also recommended that defibrillator must be available at all times in all Cricket Australia sanctioned competitions considering an unlikely event of players suffering from heart conditions.
Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland said that the report was not going to lessen the pain for Hughes near and dear ones but the recommendations must be followed to avoid such accidents in the future.
Helmets that meet most of the recent British standard and provide the highest standard were recommended after Hughes death. But now it will be compulsory for the elite players especially when facing medium and fast bowling. Wicket keepers, as well as, fielders within 7 metres of the batter must have to wear helmets from now on.