NZ cricketer bowls with protective helmet in T20 match

Warren Barnes of Otago Volts turned up at the bowling mark with a contraption which was part helmet and part face mask in a match against Northern Districts on Saturday.

Warren Barnes wore a protective helmet while bowling in a T20 match.   -  Getty Images

New Zealand cricketer Warrwen Barnes became the first bowler to wear a protective head gear during a national T20 league match in Hamilton on Saturday.

Barnes, representing Otago Volts, turned up at the bowling mark against Northern Districts with a device which included a helmet and a face mask.

 

Cricket authorities have shown concerns regarding the safety of bowlers and umpires in the Twenty 20 era where hard hitting has been the norm. In the recent past, umpires have also been seen wearing protective helmets to avoid being in the firing line of batsmen.

The 25-year-old picked up three wickets for 33 runs in his three overs, however, he ended up on the losing side.