First ball of Australia-India Test series should be a bouncer, says Merv Hughes

"It might be a callous, uncaring way to look at it but what we've got to take in mind is what happened to Phil Hughes is a tragic accident"

“It might be a callous, uncaring way to look at it but what we’ve got to take in mind is what happened to Phil Hughes is a tragic accident”

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Legendary Australia pace bowler Merv Hughes believes that the first ball of the upcoming Test series between the Baggy Greens and India should be a bouncer.

Hughes’ comments come after there has been a lot of debate about whether restrictions should be placed on short-pitched deliveries following the tragic death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes.

Hughes passed away at the age of 25 when he was struck on the side of the neck by a bouncer from New South Wales pace bowler Sean Abbott.

“The longer it goes without someone bowling a bouncer, the more it’s going to be talked about and the more it’s going to be on people’s minds,” Hughes told Fox Sports. “I reckon just to clear the air the first ball of the game…should just be a bouncer, and just say ‘right, let’s get on with business’.

“It might be a callous, uncaring way to look at it but what we’ve got to take in mind is what happened to Phil Hughes is a tragic accident.

“There’s been bouncers bowled over 100 years of cricket and this was an isolated incident. As Michael Clarke said in his speech (on Wednesday), we must play on.”

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