Steve Smitha prominent Australian cricket player, played his first County Cricket match for Sussex against Worcestershire at New Road on Friday, May 05. During Day 2 of the match, he came in to bat when Sussex was struggling at 67/3 and partnered with captain . Cheteshwar PujaraHowever, after playing just eight balls, the empires Chris Watts and Peter Hartley stopped play and informed Smith that his helmet did not meet the ECC’s standards required for the County Championship.
The Rule states
As per Appendix A2.3 of the County Championship Playing Conditions, “A protective helmet is headwear made of hard material and designed to protect the head, neck and/or the face. For the purposes of interpreting these Laws of Cricket, such a description will include faceguards, grilles, and neck guards.”
Smith’s helmet was lacking a neck protector, and the match was paused until one was fitted to meet the prescribed requirements. Once the necessary adjustments were made, Smith resumed his innings and formed a vital partnership of 61 runs for the fourth wicket with Pujara, rescue his team after the loss of three early wickets. Smith scored 30 off 57 balls with five boundaries before being dismissed by Josh Tongue in the first session on Day 2.
After Smith’s dismissal, Pujara continued his innings, scored yet another century, and partnered with Oli Carter for another fifty-plus runs to take their team’s total beyond 200 with five wickets down.
On Day 1, Sussex captain Cheteshwar Pujara won the toss and invited Worcestershire to bat first. However, Worcestershire got off to a disastrous start, losing their first wicket in the very first over to Ollie Robinson, who dismissed Ed Pollock.