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    There was a lot of criticism of batting helmets when they came in, some of it, predictably, from old buffers like EW Swanton and EM Wellings who thought that being able to identify a batsman from a distance was more important than said batsman not wishing to have his skull fractured; also from former players who wanted everyone to know that they would never have worn one. Yeah, right, I remember thinking at the time. Sadiq Mohammad was the first to wear one in a Test in England, in 1978, but IIRC none of the England players did that summer (apart from Brearley's unique contraption), nor did the New Zealanders who came later. But when England came up against Hogg in Australia at the end of the year the whole team was kitted out pretty soon. Boycott I remember was one of the last to use one.

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    Old buffers who faced the pointy end had no qualms however. I recall the excreable commentator Peter Meares interviewing Bill Ponsford and assuming his subject's views on helmets. Meares was an ingratiating suck and talk about laugh when Ponsford set him straight and yes, he would have worn a helmet if they were available at the time.

    Its unfortunate, though understandable, that accusations of cowardice appended themselves to batsmen who draw away from fast bowling. Ironically it was real courage to stand against that attitude and pioneer the wearing of helmets. That and the subsequent insistence of the game's law makers to rule on their use in junior matches atleast, made the game safer and able to be played without unfair insinuations about your character.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the big bambino View Post
    Old buffers who faced the pointy end had no qualms however. I recall the excreable commentator Peter Meares interviewing Bill Ponsford and assuming his subject's views on helmets. Meares was an ingratiating suck and talk about laugh when Ponsford set him straight and yes, he would have worn a helmet if they were available at the time.

    Its unfortunate, though understandable, that accusations of cowardice appended themselves to batsmen who draw away from fast bowling. Ironically it was real courage to stand against that attitude and pioneer the wearing of helmets. That and the subsequent insistence of the game's law makers to rule on their use in junior matches atleast, made the game safer and able to be played without unfair insinuations about your character.
    We have seen the same recently with keepers wearing helmets standing up. It makes sense to me but it certainly looked odd. Accusations of cowardice and lack of skill were thrown around but now it is normal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    We have seen the same recently with keepers wearing helmets standing up. It makes sense to me but it certainly looked odd. Accusations of cowardice and lack of skill were thrown around but now it is normal.
    Adam Gilchrist actually wrote an ODI cricketing manual back in the late 90s. He justified using a helmet standing up by saying something along the lines of:

    "Yes, you might feel a bit silly but a top edge into the front teeth will take far longer to forget."

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    That was Mark Vermeulen after trying to pull the warp-speed Irfan Pathan, btw. The subsequent brain trauma caused a permanent state of psychosis which included him trying to burn down the Zimbabwean cricketing academy and publicly praising Robert Mugabe.
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    I don't have a problem with keepers wearing a helmet but I wouldn't allow a close fielder to wear one. If you don't feel safe don't stand so close.

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    in close is the place where you most want a helmet, moreso than batting even
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    Quote Originally Posted by uvelocity View Post
    in close is the place where you most want a helmet, moreso than batting even
    Of course it is, But it allows a fielder to stand much closer and intimidate the batsman more. An artificial advantage which I wouldn't allow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    Of course it is, But it allows a fielder to stand much closer and intimidate the batsman more. An artificial advantage which I wouldn't allow.
    Would you also forbid a short leg fielder a box and leg guards?

    They have to pay health insurance premiums too, you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LongHopCassidy View Post
    Would you also forbid a short leg fielder a box and leg guards?

    They have to pay health insurance premiums too, you know.
    For protection in an established normal fielding position yes. If it enables them to stand closer than they normally would, no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    I don't have a problem with keepers wearing a helmet but I wouldn't allow a close fielder to wear one. If you don't feel safe don't stand so close.
    The fielder has to go where his captain puts him doesn't he? He might not be happy about it, especially when the spinner bowls a long-hop or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpski View Post
    The fielder has to go where his captain puts him doesn't he? He might not be happy about it, especially when the spinner bowls a long-hop or two.
    Whoever is setting the field has nothing to do with it. The principal is the same.

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    Bowlers should wear helmets imo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    I don't have a problem with keepers wearing a helmet but I wouldn't allow a close fielder to wear one. If you don't feel safe don't stand so close.
    Surely that is the same logic for keepers? They dont have to stand up to the spinners. You see at low levels of keepers standing 3 yards back when the spinner is bowling as they are not good enough or confident enough to stand up to the stumps to pressure the batsman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    Of course it is, But it allows a fielder to stand much closer and intimidate the batsman more. An artificial advantage which I wouldn't allow.
    well surely you couldn't allow the batsman protective equipment either?

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    Quote Originally Posted by uvelocity View Post
    well surely you couldn't allow the batsman protective equipment either?
    The batsman is just doing what he's always done. He's not gaining an advantage in the way the fielder is. You could argue the helmet has changed a batsman's approach to hooking or ducking but the advantages of that are debatable.

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