Odd Pieces of Cricket Equipment

Dennis Lillee’s Combat

Lillee with his ComBat – The Age

 

In December of 1979, Dennis Lillee came out to bat with an aluminum cricket bat. The cricket bat was named the ComBat. The umpires stepped in and asked Lillee to replace his aluminum cricket bat with something of the willow ilk. Lillee was unimpressed with the umpire’s decision and threw the ComBat away in disgust. It was feared that the aluminum bat would cause damage to the ball.

John Mooney’s Helmet at Cricket World Cup 2015

John Mooney’s Helmet at Cricket World Cup 2015

John Mooney’s Helmet at Cricket World Cup 2015

Irish all-rounder John Mooney came up with his own unique helmet. This was in response to the fact that cricket helmets were not protecting the neck of cricketers. Mooney who was using an Albion cricket helmet at the time, placed a grille on the back of his helmet to protect his neck. Since this, cricket helmet manufacturers like Masuri and Shrey have manufactured  Stem Guards and Neck Protectors that fit on to the back of the helmet.

Graeme Smith’s Glove in the Sydney Test Match

Mitchell Johnson broke Graeme Smith’s hand in the first innings of the Sydney Test Match of 2009. However, needing to save the Test match for his side, Smith came out to bat in the 2nd innings at number 11. Smith had a reengineered batting glove to protect his broken hand. The physio and backroom staff of the Protea’s took apart a glove and stitched it and taped it to another glove. This essentially gave Smith double protection on the broken hand.

The Fiber Glass Motorcycle Helmet

Dennis Amiss bats in the nets with a helmet before the second Packer Supertest in Melbourne, December 1978 © Getty Images

Dennis Amiss bats in the nets with a helmet before the second Packer Supertest in Melbourne, December 1978 © Getty Images

Dennis Amiss received jeers and booing from the crowd when he came out to bat with a fiber glass motorcycle helmet. The helmet was much lighter than a regular motorcycle helmet but looked the exact same.

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