On the 15th of January 2017, batsman and Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, was another victim to the dangerous ball called a ‘bouncer’. So bad was the impact, he was taken to hospital. Not long before that, another batsman, the rookie to the Australian squad, Matthew Renshaw, was left out of a test series due to concussion after a blow to the head from a bouncer against Pakistan. Over the course of two to three years, we are seeing more and more batsmen getting struck in the helmet with the cricket ball. The ICC have introduced a rule for only two bouncers an over, but that is not helping. That’s saying they have two balls an over to smash a 150km an hour ball into the head of the batsman. But why have we become so aware of the bad effects of getting hit by a bouncer? Phil Hughes.

November 23 2014 was the date at the time. It was a state Sheffield Shield match of New South Wales vs South Australia. Sean Abbott bowls a high speed bouncer and was smashed into Phillip Hughes’ neck. He collapsed on the pitch. He was in a coma for two days and died. This is possibly the saddest story in cricket history. We do not want this to happen again. We have to do as much as we can to prevent this happening again. Taking away the bouncer might change the game majorly, but at least we can prevent injuries, let alone lives lost.

If the Phil Hughes incident had not happened, would I be talking to you about this today? Probably not. But once something tragic like this happens, things have to change. You have to do something. And the ICC will have to do something to change the game, so cricket can become a safer sport. I have created a poll to have a look at others opinions.

I really hope you enjoyed this video and understand why we need change in cricket. Please leave a like, subscribe and comment what you think about this is the comments below.



  1. I remember, as a kid, Derek Randall losing teeth (he found them in the ball), Mike Getting gatting (sic) his nose broken (he was later interviewed with his nose a gruesome mess and asked where the ball hit him) and Ewan Chatfield swallowed his tongue (and was saved ny the England physio) all as a consequence of the bouncer. I’m not sure any of them, or their supporters called for a ban as it’s such an iconic part of the game. Nobody wants to see injuries (or worse) but in an age of health and safety there seems to be enough protection for incidents to be, thankfully, all to rare. With such a question I’d suggest we consider the phrase, what would Richie say and go with that.
    Nice, thoughtful article, freezykiwi

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