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SportMandatory neck guards 'not far away' after Smith felled by Archer

05:15  19 august  2019
05:15  19 august  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Smith , who fell to the ground, retired hurt after receiving on-field treatment. But after just 46 minutes away , he returned at Significantly, Smith was wearing a helmet without the additional stem guard neck protection introduced following the death of Phillip Hughes after his former Australia team-mate

Hughes, a former team-mate of Smith 's, died after being hit by a bouncer in a domestic Sheffield While Smith was wearing a helmet it did not have the additional neck protection that was Australia coach Justin Langer said after Saturday's scare that he can see a time when it becomes mandatory .

Mandatory neck guards 'not far away' after Smith felled by Archer © Thomson Reuters Cricket - Ashes 2019 - Second Test - England v Australia - Lord's Cricket Ground, London, Britain - August 17, 2019 Australia's Steve Smith is hit on the neck with a ball bowled by England's Jofra Archer Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Compulsory neck guards on helmets for Australian cricketers are "not far away", the national team's sports medicine chief said Monday after a sickening blow felled Steve Smith during the second Ashes Test.

Australia have been at the forefront of pressing for better safety measures after the death of Phillip Hughes, who was hit on the base of the skull by a bouncer in a Sheffield Shield game in 2014.

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Smith , fell face forward onto the ground. He was wearing a helmet without the additional neck protection that was introduced following the death of Phillip Smith resumed his innings as soon as he could. After 46 minutes off the field, he came back in when Peter Siddle was caught behind off Chris

Minutes earlier Archer had struck him on the neck with a bouncer, right behind his left ear, perilously close to the spot where Sean Abbott once hit Smith ’s late teammate The atmosphere had started to crackle an hour earlier, when Archer had Paine caught at short leg in his first over after lunch.

Mandatory neck guards 'not far away' after Smith felled by Archer © Adrian DENNIS Australia's Steve Smith crumples to the ground after being hit in the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer on Saturday Following an independent investigation into the tragedy, Cricket Australia introduced new rules for concussion substitutes in domestic games.

These have now been adopted by the International Cricket Council and were used for the first time when Smith was replaced by Marnus Labuschagne on Sunday against England at Lord's after medics ruled him unfit to carry on.

Mandatory neck guards 'not far away' after Smith felled by Archer © Thomson Reuters Cricket - Ashes 2019 - Second Test - England v Australia - Lord's Cricket Ground, London, Britain - August 17, 2019 Australia's Steve Smith in action Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs The inquest into Hughes' death also recommended first-class players in Australia wear helmets made to British safety standards while batting against medium pace or fast bowling.

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Helmet neck guards could become compulsory for Australian cricketers within a year, Cricket For the ICC to make neck guards mandatory , it would need to be voted through by the ICC board. Such a situation is considered to be a few years away , with the onus left on individual countries to implement

Steve Smith falls to the pitch after being hit by a ball from Jofra Archer at Lord's. (AFP Photo). The star batsman collapsed face forward after a sickening blow to the side of the neck and head when on 80 during Australia's first innings of the second Ashes Test against England on Saturday.

That included the use of specially designed neck guards, known as StemGuards.

But they are not compulsory and Smith, who collapsed to the ground face first after the vicious ball from Jofra Archer smacked into the side of his neck, in scenes reminiscent of the Hughes incident, was not wearing a neck guard.

Mandatory neck guards 'not far away' after Smith felled by Archer © PA Wire/PA Images Australia's Steve Smith receives treatment to his arm during day four of the Ashes Test match at Lord's, London. (Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images) He said afterwards they made him claustrophobic and uncomfortable.

Cricket Australia's sports science and sports medicine chief Alex Kountouris said it was only a matter of time before they became mandatory, revealing the International Cricket Council, Cricket Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board, and helmet manufacturers recently completed a major review.

Mandatory neck guards 'not far away' after Smith felled by Archer © PA Wire/PA Images Australia's Steve Smith ends up on the floor during day four of the Ashes Test match at Lord's, London. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images) "Helmet manufacturers did the right thing and came out with products (after Hughes' death). There was no real knowledge of the mechanism, what exactly they were trying to protect or stuff like that," Kountouris told the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Australia coach Justin Langer said there may come a time when Steve Smith has to wear a neck guard on his helmet after being felled by a Jofra Archer Smith , who fell to the ground, retired hurt after receiving on-field treatment. But after just 46 minutes away , he returned at the fall of the next

While Smith was wearing a helmet it did not have the additional neck protection that was introduced after Hughes died, which remains optional. Australia coach Justin Langer said after Saturday’s scare that he can see a time when it becomes mandatory .

"But since that time we have done a lot of research. We actually have a pretty good understanding of that now. Beforehand, we didn't know the right equipment we were endorsing."

Mandatory neck guards 'not far away' after Smith felled by Archer © PA Wire/PA Images Australia's Steve Smith batting during day four of the Ashes Test match at Lord's, London. (Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images) Now there was agreement on what the standard should look like, including the size and area that needs to be covered and the force properties it should have.

Kountouris said it would take about six months for manufacturers to complete the upgraded product, which then would be trialled by players.

"Obviously, at some point, we want to make it a requirement to wear but we want to make sure we have the right products -- we haven't seen what the products are at the moment," he said.

Mandatory neck guards 'not far away' after Smith felled by Archer Australia's Steve Smith (R) smiles at England's Jofra Archer during play on the fourth day of the second Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia at Lord's Cricket Ground in London on August 17, 2019. (Photo by Ian KINGTON / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO ASSOCIATION WITH DIRECT COMPETITOR OF SPONSOR, PARTNER, OR SUPPLIER OF THE ECB (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images) "When we get to that point, I think we'll be comfortable to say: 'Let's make it a requirement'. There is still a little time to go but we are not far away."

Peter Brukner, the former doctor of the Australian team from 2012-2017, said he was astonished that some top players still don't wear neck guards.

"I think it should be (mandatory)," he told The Australian newspaper.

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