While helmets, gloves and batting pads are all essential safety
equipment when playing cricket, there are plenty of optional extras
when it comes to protecting your body against the hard cricket ball
that travels at alarmingly fast speeds.
If you play at a competitive level or are learning the technique, it is
vital that you have the right protective equipment to keep you safe. An
extensive range of guards and protectors will provide safety cover for
all areas of the body, reducing the risk of injury during a match or
Guards and protectors
Abdominal guards, arm guards, chest guards, thigh guards, inner thigh
guards, padded under shorts, fielding leg protectors, fielders practice
catching gloves and wicket keeping extra protection are all optional
extras that will protect you from not only the possibility of a broken
bone but of serious bruising and pain.
The guards are mainly worn inside clothing to dampen impact and limit
the amount of pain inflicted. These forms of protection are recommended
for training practice sessions and during a match because being hit by
a ball regularly as you perfect your technique is a common occurrence,
not to mention a painful one. More competent players may choose not to
wear these extra guards during a match due to the weight.
You may think of cricket extra protection purely as a way of guarding
against injury, but this is not its only role. While it’s
primary purpose is to protect, its value extends beyond this. While
wearing the protective equipment, you gain the confidence to choose
your shots according to their delivery rather than opting for shots
that are the least likely to result in personal injury. For this
reason, all forms of personal protection are worth considering,
especially while you are practicing and developing your technique.