Cricket Australia makes neck guards mandatory despite Steve Smith and David Warner’s resistance

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Cricket Australia (CA) has introduced significant changes to the playing conditions for both domestic and international players, with one of the most notable changes being the mandatory use of neck guards for Australian players starting from October 1.

This rule will require players to wear neck guards on their helmets when facing fast or medium-paced bowling, excluding spinners, wicketkeepers, and close-in fielders. This development has stirred attention due to resistance from high-profile players such as Steve Smith and David Warner, who have historically avoided using neck guards.

Protecting the head and neck is extremely important: Cricket Australia

Smith, Warner, and Usman Khawaja are among the few players who have rarely used neck guards since their introduction in 2015. The neck or stem guards

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