Ian Bell and Joe Root become latest cricketers to wear Masuri helmet safety device

The England pair wore the clip-on StemGuard attachment during the ongoing Test series against the West Indies in Antigua.

British manufacturer Masuri unveiled the device last February.

Made of honeycomb plastic and foam, it offers additional protection to the exposed area at the back of the head and neck, where Australia batsman Phillip Hughes was hit in November 2014.

Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara became the first player to use a StemGuard in a competitive match, wearing it during the 2015 ICC World Cup.

Hampshire skipper Jimmy Adams was the first county player to agree to trial the StemGuard.

Masuri managing director Sam Miller says: “Masuri has worked tirelessly to develop a safety attachment for its helmets since the Phillip Hughes tragedy.

“Masuri is providing several of the world’s cricketing governing bodies with StemGuards for players to trial.

“Our objective for the last three months has been to make available, as quickly as possible, a guard that offers players extra protection for the vulnerable area at the back of the head and neck.”

“International players from around the world have expressed an interest in trying the StemGuard.”

The StemGuard is not yet available to purchase.

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