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Call for Clarification of Bouncer Laws at Inquest into the Phil Hughes Death

October 14, 2016

Daniel Brettig,  in ESPNcricinfo, 14 October 2016, with title “Clarify bouncer laws, Phillip Hughes inquest told”  

Definitions of what constitutes “unfair bowling” should be clarified by cricket’s lawmakers, the New South Wales coronial inquest into the death of Phillip Hughes has heard on an emotion-charged final day. Counsel assisting the coroner, Kristina Stern SC, submitted that the inquest should conclude that this was a case of “accidental death”, which was not made more likely by the nature of play on the day of the Sheffield Shield match at the SCG. Hughes was struck in the side of the neck on day one of the match, November 25, 2014, suffering an arterial injury that resulted in his death at St Vincent’s Hospital two days later.hughes_3116917bhughes-and-helmetphil-hughes

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Doug Bollinger on Back Foot in Phil Hughes Inquest

October 13, 2016

Peter Lalor, in The Australian, 13 October 2016, where the title is “Hughes witness puts Bollinger on the back foot”

A last-minute statement by a new witness has contradicted claims by senior cricketers to the NSW Coroner that Phillip Hughes was not sledged or targeted with short-pitched bowling. The tragedy of Hughes’s death was revisited yesterday with bowl­er Sean Abbott’s moving ­account of cradling the fallen batsman on the pitch after he’d been struck a fatal blow. But the sideshow that the inquest into the accident has become was also on display when Matthew Day, a former Australian under-19 player and friend of the Hughes family, offered a statement to the NSW Coroner’s Court stating that Doug Bollinger told him he regretted saying on the day the words “I am going to kill you”.

Day’s recollection sets him at odds with the other players, ­including South Australia’s Tom Cooper, who was a pallbearer with Day at Hughes’s funeral. Day also claimed the NSW bowling coach at the time told him he was upset there were plans to bowl short to Hughes, who was struck and killed by a bouncer.

bollinger-today Doug Bolinger on the field 2016Pic by Phil Hillyard

day Matthew Day at hospital after Phillip Hughes was injuredPic by John Grainger

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Against Verbal Intimidation in Cricket: A Voice in A Wasteland

October 12, 2016

Michael Roberts

Some of the illuminating details that surfaced at the recent coroner’s inquiry in Sydney into the death of Philip Hughes when a bouncer bust an artery in his neck display the continuing prevalence of verbal assaults in the heart of Australian cricket and the legitimacy accorded to this ‘philosophical pillar.’ Verbal intimidation is often a twin brother of intimidating bouncers. Bouncers are now restricted — no more than one or two per over. Verbal intimidation is not — and the coroner’s verdict in Sydney only sustained, albeit inadvertently, the official blanket thrown around the practice. I will be writing more on these specifics around the verbal and bouncer assault on the turncoat New South Welshman Hughes by his former state buddies in the near future, but let me return to my old campaign against a macho cricketing practice that undermines the principle of a level playing field : namely, the use of verbal intimidation by those more versed and hardened in that practice. I present here one of my first (ineffective) blows from the year 2001 – an article entitled “Against Verbal Intimidation in Cricket” in

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Coroner’s Inquiry into the Death of Phil Hughes: Serious Questions, Tears & Standard Fare

October 11, 2016

ABC News Item, 10 October 2016, with title “

Australian cricketer Tom Cooper has told an inquest into the death of Phillip Hughes there was a “noticeable” increase in short-pitched balls during the match. tom-cooper philhughes

Key points:

  • Cricketer Phillip Hughes died after a freak accident during a 2014 cricket match
  • Batting partner Tom Cooper says Hughes was targeted by short-pitched balls but seemed relaxed
  • Cooper and umpire Ash Barrow deny there was sledging from the NSW team

A coronial inquest in Sydney is looking into the manner and cause of the death of 25-year-old Hughes, who was struck on the neck by a cricket ball while batting for South Australia against New South Wales in a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG on November 25, 2014. Hughes died after the injury to his neck caused a haemorrhage: in his brain.

Forensic pathologist Professor Johan Duflou, who carried out the postmortem examination on Hughes, said an artery in his neck had been severed — an injury more commonly seen in single punch attacks. Neurosurgeon Professor Brian Owler told the inquest the force of the ball and the angle at which it struck contributed to the injury, along with the angle at which the cricketer had been holding his head. Read the rest of this entry ?


Matthew Wade elbows Bowler Abbott and faces Code of Conduct Charge

October 11, 2016

AAP News Item, 10 October 2016, with title “Proteas v Australia: Matthew Wade faces contrary conduct charge”

Australia’s Matthew Wade is facing a contrary conduct charge after an on-field run-in with South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi during Sunday’s fourth one-day international in Port Elizabeth.  The pair had to be spoken to by the umpires after Wade appeared to clip Shamsi with his elbow while taking a run during Australia’s innings in South Africa’s six-wicket victory.

aa-wadeWhile Wade made only minor contact with the Proteas’ spinner both he and Shamsi have been charged with breaching article 2.1.1 of the International Cricket Council’s code of conduct. The article relates to minor acts of “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”. Read the rest of this entry ?


Murali’s Testing Times …. Through Thick and Thin

August 9, 2016

Vithushan Ehantharaja, courtesy of The Cricket Monthly where the title is “When Murali bared his Soul”

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There’s a sincerity to Mark Nicholas as he stares into the camera. He looks almost childlike in appearance: suit slightly oversized, top button done up and tie fastened yet not dovetailing. This isn’t the Mark Nicholas who prowls the pristine greens of Australia’s outfields with the manner of one on top of the food chain. Here he is sitting, shoulders flexed in. There’s uncertainty in the air and he can do little to hide it. The footage rolls.

It’s July 5, 2004, and Lord’s is preparing for an England-West Indies ODI. While most of the ground is a hub of noise, as cables are unreeled, fastened and taped, the Nursery Ground is still. Nicholas is in dark trousers and a cream shirt, with sleeves rolled up. Standing next to him, Muttiah Muralitharan is wearing a sleeveless Sri Lanka T-shirt. Read the rest of this entry ?


Murali is placed Where he should be: Among the Immortals

August 2, 2016

Mahinda Wijesinghe, from the Sunday Island, 31 July 2016, with the title “Congratulations Murali on a Long Overdue Honour”

The majority of lovers of cricket, especially the Sri Lankan supporters, would be thrilled that Muttiah Muralidaran, known the world over as ‘Murali’ has been inducted as the 80th member of the ICC’s Hall of Fame.  He is the first Sri Lankan to be thus honoured. Those appointed to this coveted membership are based on the ICC “recognizing the achievements of these legends of the game from cricket’s long history of the game.”

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