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AUS vs IND: Umpire wears helmet, his colleague gets hit
In a first of its kind in international cricket an umpire was seen officiating with a helmet. Australian umpire John Ward wore the helmet during the fourth ODI between India and hosts Australia in Canberra on Wednesday. (Photo: BCCI)
In a first of its kind in international cricket an umpire was seen officiating with a helmet. Australian umpire John Ward wore the helmet during the fourth ODI between India and hosts Australia in Canberra on Wednesday. (Photo: BCCI)
The 53-year-old Ward was hit on the head while officiating a Ranji Trophy match between Tamil Nadu and Punjab in December last year and was hospitalised. He did not want to take any chance this time, with the likes of David Warner and Aaron Finch at the crease and decided to sport a helmet on to avoid any possible damage. (Photo: BCCI)
The 53-year-old Ward was hit on the head while officiating a Ranji Trophy match between Tamil Nadu and Punjab in December last year and was hospitalised. He did not want to take any chance this time, with the likes of David Warner and Aaron Finch at the crease and decided to sport a helmet on to avoid any possible damage. (Photo: BCCI)
Ward suffered concussion from Barinder Sran's straight drive during a Ranji Trophy game. (Photo: BCCI)
Ward suffered concussion from Barinder Sran's straight drive during a Ranji Trophy game. (Photo: BCCI)
However, despite Ward’s protective efforts it was his colleague, Englishman Richard Kettleborough, who ended up in serious pain. Kettleborough was hit on the shin by a drive from Finch that ricochet off the finger of Indian paceman Ishant Sharma. After half an hour later the pain became too much and he limped off the field and was replaced by Australian umpire Paul Wilson. (Photo: Cricket Australia)
However, despite Ward’s protective efforts it was his colleague, Englishman Richard Kettleborough, who ended up in serious pain. Kettleborough was hit on the shin by a drive from Finch that ricochet off the finger of Indian paceman Ishant Sharma. After half an hour later the pain became too much and he limped off the field and was replaced by Australian umpire Paul Wilson. (Photo: Cricket Australia)
Recently, Indian umpire Paschim Pathak was seen wearing a helmet during a Vijay Hazare Trophy match between Kerala and Railways. Last year, former Australian umpire Simon Taufel had said on-field match officials might use helmets in the future. (Photo: BCCI)
Recently, Indian umpire Paschim Pathak was seen wearing a helmet during a Vijay Hazare Trophy match between Kerala and Railways. Last year, former Australian umpire Simon Taufel had said on-field match officials might use helmets in the future. (Photo: BCCI)
While there has been a lot of focus on safety of players during any match, especially after the sudden on-field demise of Australian batsman Phil Hughes in 2014, umpires are also taking up the matter seriously of wearing protective gears such as helmets under the scare to get hit with bats getting wider and meatier. (Photo: Cricket Australia)
While there has been a lot of focus on safety of players during any match, especially after the sudden on-field demise of Australian batsman Phil Hughes in 2014, umpires are also taking up the matter seriously of wearing protective gears such as helmets under the scare to get hit with bats getting wider and meatier. (Photo: Cricket Australia)
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