Head Injuries Happen In Cricket, Too: Australian Batsman Fighting For Life
The world tends to think of the U.S. as ground zero for serious sports injuries -- what could possibly go wrong in the more civilized sports in other countries such as soccer, handball and the most genteel of them all, cricket?
But have you ever seen a cricket ball? They're made of cork, covered in tightly-wound leather -- hard and potentially lethal. Since 1958 there have been six recorded deaths in professional cricket due to being struck in the head with a ball, one a referee.
And today Australian batsman Phil Hughes is in critical condition in a Sydney hospital following emergency surgery after he was knocked out by a pitch during a test match at Sydney Cricket Ground.
Television images showed the helmeted Hughes, who had scored a composed 63 for South Australia in the Sheffield Shield game, standing dazed before going down face-first following the rising delivery from New South Wales bowler Sean Abbott.
— telegraph_sport (@telegraph_sport) November 25, 2014
Since the advent in the 1970s of plastic head protectors worn beneath the cap, to today's high-tech helmet, there have been virtually no life-threatening cricket head injuries. But that has made the sport complacent, according to Guardian columnist Mike Selvey.
There is a curious paradox in cricket involving the protection cricketers wear now compared with the lack of it in the mists of time. Thus, the better protected they are to the head, the more they seem to get hit: to the extent a blow on the head is accepted as a perfectly normal, generally low-risk hazard of the game that often brings little more discomfort than a ringing in the ears and produces a leg bye.
Only this time it wasn't normal. Thoughts and prayers to Phil Hughes, and hopefully this will be the last such incident we'll see.
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