Hampshire: Jimmy Adams tests new helmet after Hughes tragedy

The new helmet design
Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara used the new helmet at the World Cup

Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams says he hopes more county cricketers will try out a new helmet attachment designed following the death of Phillip Hughes.

The 25-year-old died in December after being struck on the top of the neck by a ball during a match in Sydney.

Adams has been testing the attachment, which offers additional protection to the exposed back of the head and neck.

"I think it is a great idea and will hopefully catch on," the opening batsman told BBC Radio Solent.

Australian Hughes, who also played county cricket in England for Hampshire, Middlesex and Worcestershire, was struck by a delivery from pace bowler Sean Abbott during a Sheffield Shield game and died two days later.

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The new clip-on StemGuard, made of honeycomb plastic and foam, has been designed by British firm Masuri, and after wearing it during practice, Adams believes it will prove effective.

"It does its job," he added. "It's there to dissipate contact, rather than brush it off like the rest of the helmet. If it provides a little bit of extra protection that is fine by me.

"Anything that keeps a batsman feeling they still have movement and functionality with added protection is great."

Hughes was wearing a helmet while batting for South Australia against New South Wales, but the ball struck him at the top of the neck below the rear rim.

The attachment offers additional protection to that area and was used by Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara at the current ICC World Cup.

"It doesn't feel any different," said Adams. "When I first tried it on I felt a little movement, but after one net I got used to it. It's a little heavier, but that's the safety side.

"You have the added protection there so it's win-win. I think it won't be long before a number of players want to give it a go. A number of guys have expressed interest in it. If they realised how easy it was to take on and off they would have a go."

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