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Old 26th November 2014, 12:21   #21
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The comment about whether or not the shot would have been attempted prior to helmets is an interesting one because there are many ex-players who were around in the time of the Windies reign who maintain that batsmen of that era coped all right with the short ball barrage because they had been taught to move their feet and keep their eyes on the ball.

Sadly many of the cricketers today have a false sense of security because of modern head-wear.
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Old 26th November 2014, 12:36   #22
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The comment about whether or not the shot would have been attempted prior to helmets is an interesting one because there are many ex-players who were around in the time of the Windies reign who maintain that batsmen of that era coped all right with the short ball barrage because they had been taught to move their feet and keep their eyes on the ball.

Sadly many of the cricketers today have a false sense of security because of modern head-wear.
Even the greatest players of short-pitched bowling back in the day occasionally made the wrong split-second decision. Just after 56:16 of the attached link, we see arguably the greatest of them all get hopelessly out of position and take a nasty blow. And then, next ball....

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Old 26th November 2014, 14:31   #23
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The comment about whether or not the shot would have been attempted prior to helmets is an interesting one because there are many ex-players who were around in the time of the Windies reign who maintain that batsmen of that era coped all right with the short ball barrage because they had been taught to move their feet and keep their eyes on the ball.

Sadly many of the cricketers today have a false sense of security because of modern head-wear.
That's absolutely true.

I think it would also be true to say that modern batsmen get hit far more on their protective headgear than unprotected batsmen of yesteryear got hit on the head. Nearly always, they ducked out of the way of a fast bouncer.
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Old 26th November 2014, 22:26   #24
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Bugger the equipment. We have a fellow cricketer on life support here. Whatever we think about the equipment is not important. We have a 26 yo on life support here. Better helmets will not do him any good. Does anybody have any news. I speak as one who had 7 stitches in an ear and heard the doc say that an inch higher and I was dead. Let's not trivialize this with better helmets or the rights or wrongs oif bowling bouncers. This is a horrifiic accident and if any Aussie comes over here next summer and gets a ton, I hope it is he. I say this as an ardent England supporter. Has anybody had any news on his condition? C'mon you Aussie wuss? You beat this one. Get up off your arse and back in those nets.
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Old 26th November 2014, 22:37   #25
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I hope that no news is good news.

Will this curb all this sledging crap where the captain threatens the batsman?
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Old 27th November 2014, 04:50   #26
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Phil Hughes has just passed away, the life support was turned off on you young 25 year old, just very sad and bloody terrible news, im a bit shocked atm.
Please keep him and his family in your thoughts.
Bloody shocking news.
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Old 27th November 2014, 05:34   #27
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I've just heard this too. Dreadful news and thoughts with his family and friends.
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Old 27th November 2014, 06:07   #28
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Deep sadness in Oz today, this has rocked our sporting community, not just cricket.
Huge outpouring of grief, i live 5 minutes from St Vincents hospital and its very sad scenes there with, family, friends, onlookers and well wishers about 100 reporters, Phils death has had a huge impact.

Phil was a very much loved player, nobody ever said a bad word about the guy he was, plenty of discussion about some of his shortcomings as a player, but never about the quality character he was.

Never a big head, a guy that even the opposition liked.

The Aussie Cricket community is like a family, Phils passing has left it feeling gutted today.

Very very sad news.
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Today should be a happy day for English cricket lovers, with next season's fixtures being released. Instead. it's one of numbness and disbelief that a kid who might have illuminated some of those games is no longer with us. I didn't know him, but I saw him, and he made me smile.
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Old 27th November 2014, 07:08   #30
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Really shocking news to wake up. RIP Phillip Hughes.
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Old 27th November 2014, 07:13   #31
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Bloody hell, I thought the situation was pretty dire but I wasn't expecting this. What an awful tragedy, his poor family and friends. RIP Phil.
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Old 27th November 2014, 07:15   #32
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Today should be a happy day for English cricket lovers, with next season's fixtures being released. Instead. it's one of numbness and disbelief that a kid who might have illuminated some of those games is no longer with us. I didn't know him, but I saw him, and he made me smile.
Yep, i thought the same thing. Just tragic. As was said on a Hockey forum when a player died a while back: nobody expects to go out onto the field and not come back.

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Such a bleak day for cricket.... He was a lovely lad and a very talented player..... Thoughts with his parents, family and friends and with his team mates.

Thoughts also very much with young Sean Abbott who will be devastated and whose life will never be the same again..... Hoping that Cricket Australia ensure that he has all the help available to get him through this.
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Old 27th November 2014, 07:26   #34
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Michael Clarke made a statement on behalf of the family:
http://www.9news.com.au/national/201...-hughes-family

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Old 27th November 2014, 07:30   #35
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Terribly sad, after Schumacher and Biancchi in F1 I'd blithely assumed he would recover slowly. A dark day for cricket. I saw him partner Agar at Trent bridge last year and score a composed 80. A class above his team-mates on that particular day. Thoughts with friends and family and cricket in Australia.
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Old 27th November 2014, 07:44   #36
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R.I.P. Phil Hughes. A very sad day and a shocking one for the cricket fraternity.
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Old 27th November 2014, 08:02   #37
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Very sad. So young but will be remembered.
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Such sad news. My thoughts are with his family and, of course, Sean Abbott. I do hope Abbott is able to make a full recovery. I can't imagine what he is going through.
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Did not expect this news at all, I must admit. Really shocked me when I heard it on the radio. Gutted for the lad and the sport, thoughts to his family and friends. RIP Phil Hughes.
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