Cricket Australia (CA) lately declared that, efficient from October, all their gamers will likely be mandated to don neck protectors on their helmets when confronting quick or medium-paced bowling.
Inglis acknowledged that he would want to adapt to a chunk of substances he had beforehand not favored.
“If they’re mandatory, I’m just going to have to get used to it and start training with it and obviously playing with it from day one,” he told a press conference on the eve of Australia’s one-day international against South Africa in Pretoria on Friday.
Despite CA having recommended the use of neck protectors since the tragic passing of Phillip Hughes in 2014, several prominent batters, such as David Warner and Steve Smith, had chosen not to incorporate them into their gear.
However, starting from October 1, CA has made it compulsory for all players to wear neck protectors when participating in domestic matches at home or representing Australia in international cricket abroad. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in sanctions.
“I haven’t worn one previously, just purely because of the fact when they first came out, and people started wearing them. I didn’t like the way it sort of like rested on my neck. It felt in my stance that it sort of took my focus away,” said Inglis.
CA’s Head of Cricket Operations & Scheduling Peter Roach mentioned in a press release earlier that defending the pinnacle and neck was extraordinarily vital.
“The neck protector product has come a great distance in recent times and the choice to make them necessary comes off the again of plenty of recommendation and session with a variety of specialists and stakeholders,” Roach said.
The mandate comes a week after Australia all-rounder Cameron Green was struck by a Kagiso Rabada bouncer on the neck guard fixed to his helmet and was substituted out of the first ODI against South Africa with concussion.
Green has missed the subsequent two ODIs and captain Mitchell Marsh said he was not sure whether he would be available for selection for Friday’s fourth game of the five-match series.
(With Reuters inputs)