Ever since Phillip Hughes’s incident happened on the cricket field, the impact of bouncers and injuries have been monitored and taken much more seriously across the world. One such moment came on the second day of the ongoing third Test between Australia and New Zealand.
During the 28th over of New Zealand’s first innings, Marnus Labuschagne bowled a short pitch delivery to Kiwi opener Tom Latham. Latham saw the short ball coming and got deep to smack the ball. He connected a pull-shot, but it went straight at Matthew Wade, who was positioned at short leg.
The ball first hit on Wade’s arm, and then it smashed him on the helmet. The impact was so hard that the side grill of Wade’s helmet came out of its groove. Latham and Tim Paine instantly went up to Wade to check him. Right after the blow on the helmet, the physio came on the field. The good news for the Aussie fans was that Wade looked completely fine.
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— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) January 4, 2020
Earlier, Marnus Labuschagne, who scored a ton on the first day, converted the innings to his maiden double-hundred. Australia went on to post 454 in their first innings. New Zealand, on the other hand, has reached 63-0 at the end of the second day’s play. Latham is batting on 26, whereas Tom Blundell is on 34 at the other end.