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Clarke opts for new-style helmet after Rogers' injury

Birmingham: The injury suffered by team-mate Chris Rogers has finally convinced Australia captain Michael Clarke to wear one of the new-look helmets developed following the death of Phillip Hughes, he said yesterday.

Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke 

Former Australia batsman Hughes died after being struck on an unprotected area of the neck while batting during a first-class domestic Sheffield Shield match in Sydney in November.

His death prompted Masuri to develop a helmet with a clip-on foam guard that provides additional protection and comes with an adjusted face grille.

Rogers, struck by a James Anderson bouncer while making a Test-best 173 during Australia's 405-run win over England at Lord's this month, credited the new stem guard with preventing a more serious injury.

"Obviously what happened to Hughes, as soon as those new helmets and ear pieces came out I thought I am going to try this," said Clarke.

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