Tuesday 20 August 2013 

Merv Hughes Talks Helmets, Ashes & Rotation

At the launch of the new Masuri cricket helmet in London, Merv Hughes took time out to talk to us about the new helmet, the Ashes series and why player rotation is important.

In the first part of the interview he tells us what is unique about the new Masuri headgear and how it will have an impact on players using it as well as the importance of protection in the modern game.

He then goes on to talk Ashes cricket, saying that the 2013 series has been much closer than England's 3-0 lead suggests, lauding the the form of Ian Bell - one of the key differences between the two sides.

He also talks about how important the toss has been in the series so far, suggesting that whoever wins the toss at The Oval, will also win the game.

Finally, he adds that although he wouldn't have liked being rested when he was a player, the fact that cricket is now played all year means that cricketers must accept rest and rotation is now part of the game.

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