(K. Brent Tomer),
The captain of the English Test cricket side, Alastair Cook, and his former team-mate Jonathan Trott are not obvious rebels. Mr Cook is strait-laced and squeaky clean. He and his wife were infamously described by the chairman of the English Cricket Board (ECB) as “very much the sort of people” that the England skipper and his family were supposed to be. Yet in the opening round of England’s County Championship season, rebels are exactly what they became, thanks to a row over the ECB’s new regulations governing batting helmets.
From the start of this season, the ECB banned the use of helmets with adjustable grilles, following two serious incidents when a ball struck a batsman in the face after passing through the gap between the grille and the peak. In one of these cases Somerset batsman and wicket-keeper Craig Kieswetter was forced to end a hugely promising career after failing to recover from an eye injury. England’s fast bowler Stuart Broad was also hit in the face during a Test match against India in 2014. Although Mr Broad received nothing more than…Continue reading