Bats honour Phillip Hughes during the test match between Pakistan and New Zealand.
Bats honour Phillip Hughes during the test match between Pakistan and New Zealand. AAMIR QURESHIAAP

Warwick cricket president says bouncer injuries are rare

WARWICK Cricket Association president Mick Bourke says Phillip Hughes' death was the result of a freak occurrence on the pitch.

Bourke has played and watched cricket for three decades and said he could not remember such an incident.

"It doesn't happen that often," Bourke said.

"I've seen batsmen get hit in the head by bouncers before but the batsman is normally fine.

"The odds are very remote and it's just very sad."

While Bourke said a similar event was not impossible in Warwick cricket, he said it would be unlikely.

"I suppose it could happen, particularly if it was a full-toss delivery," he said.

"I think it's very unlikely though."

Bourke said he hoped the incident would not scare people away from the game.

"I'd hate to see people stop playing the game - you play sport for enjoyment and I don't want to see people lose their enjoyment," Bourke said.

"People need to wear whatever helmets or protection they feel is required to feel comfortable and enjoy the game."



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