South African pace legend Allan Donald has called on cricket bosses not to consider banning bouncers as they revisit safety in the sport in the wake of the tragic death of Australian cricketer Philip Hughes.
Donald, who is now the Proteas’ bowling coach, told the daily ‘The Star’ that the incident was “stupidly freakish” and should not lead to cricket authorities taking drastic action.
“I hope it doesn’t take this horrific incident to make the sport’s bosses think that the only way to make the sport safe is to outlaw the bouncer,” Donald said.
“It would make for no contest if bouncers were ruled out of the game.”
Hughes died in the hospital two days after being struck by a bouncer delivered by Sean Abbott in a Sheffield Shield match in Australia.
“As a fast bowler, you use your bouncer to intimidate, to send a message to the batsman, to make him think twice and to test various skills,” Donald added.
“I understand that many people outside of cricket will look at this and questions about safety will be asked, but we must not over-react.”
Donald himself has been at both ends of bouncers during his time at the crease.