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.