ISLAMABAD: British cricket helmet manufacturer have designed a clip-on application to provide extra protection for batsmen in a bid to prevent a repeat of the tragic death of Australian Phillip Hughes last year.
Hughes, 25, was killed last November when a bouncer from fast bowler Sean Abbott struck him on the neck, dissecting his vertebral artery and causing a brain hemorrhage.
A British based firm’s new product is designed to protect the vulnerable area from such impacts.
The `StemGuard’, a device made from plastic and dense foam, will clip on to the back of existing Vision helmets.
The foam which is military specification is similar to that between the layers of a helmet shell, and is the key component in reducing the impact of high-speed deliveries directed at the neck, Daily Mail reported.
The idea behind the arrangement of the foam and plastic in a honeycomb shape is to afford the batsman maneuverability while still providing as much protection as the shell of the helmet.
British company whose helmets were worn by England players Moeen Ali, Gary Ballance, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Stuart Broad and James Tredwell against Pakistan Wednesday tested the StemGuard at Loughborough University using the same ball firing equipment and measuring apparatus used totest helmet peaks.