HOW CRICKET HAS CHANGED SINCE STAR PLAYER’S DEATH
(P1) English CRICKET player Stuart Broad does not believe cricketers have changed the way they play since Phillip Hughes’ death.
(P2) Friday is the first ANNIVERSARY of the Australian’s death, which came two days after he was struck by a bouncer.
(P3) “I don’t think it’s affected the way players are bowling or batting,” Broad said.
(P4) “When you’re playing for your country against another country, it’s full of passion and pride. You do everything you can to try to win that contest.”
(P5) However, Broad says the death of 25-year-old Hughes “shook” the cricketing world and believes players are now showing more concern for each other.
(P6) Last summer, there was visible worry from both sides when Australia’s Chris Rogers was hit by a James Anderson bouncer.
(P7) During a one-day match between the same two sides, England captain Eoin Morgan had to retire hurt after being struck by Mitchell Starc’s short-pitched delivery.
(P8) Speaking about Hughes’ death, Broad said: “It was an awful time for cricket – it’s not an uncommon thing for players to get hit on the head but it is obviously hugely uncommon for someone to PASS AWAY playing cricket.
(P9) “I think it shook the whole cricketing world, it was a few weeks of real sadness. Now, when you see someone get hit on the head you see immediate concern from everyone on that field.
(P10) “That’s been a huge change – the teams showing real care for the INJURIES of other players.”
(P11) Former Australia captain Michael Clarke, who guided his fellow players through the TRAUMATIC experience of losing a team-mate, said the team “will never be the same” following Hughes’ death.
(P12) TRIBUTES will be paid to Hughes during the third Test between Australia and New Zealand at his old home ground of the Adelaide Oval, which begins on Friday.
(P13) Both Mitchell Johnson, who retired last week, and spin bowler Stephen O’Keefe have spoken about Hughes in the LEAD-UP to the anniversary.
(P14) “I had a series in 2013-2014 where I was really AGGRESSIVE and bowling a lot of short balls and I did hit players,” said Johnson. The death, he added, “made me think, was I doing the right thing? You know, was I playing in the spirit of the game?”
(P15) O’Keefe was fielding for New South Wales when Hughes was struck.
(P16) “The game has changed for me forever,” said O’Keefe. “It’s not what it was.
(P17) “You’re playing a game that’s supposed to be fun and you’re supposed to be in a great contest, and then IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE it completely changes on you.
(P18) “I just hope in my lifetime that I never have to see anything like that again, and we can remember Phillip for what he was, which was a great BLOKE and an even better player.”
(P20) Many batsmen now wear an extra piece of protection, called a stem guard, which covers the back of their head and neck, where Hughes was FATALLY hit.
(P21) There are also suggestions that umpires, close fielders, and coaches conducting training sessions will soon have to wear some form of head protection.
If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.
- Briefly summarize the content of the article in your own words.
- Have you known anyone who died at a young age? How did it affect you?
- Have you ever suffered an injury while playing a sport?
- Do you prefer to play team sports or individual sports?
- Do you wear a helmet when riding a bicycle?
EXPRESSIONS TO PRACTICE:
What do the following expressions mean? Practice using each expression in a sentence; extra points if you can use it in conversation.
- Pass away
- In the blink of an eye