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A graphic released by Masuri, the manufacturer of the helmet worn by batsman Phil Hughes, highlights the difference between the two models

A graphic released by Masuri, the manufacturer of the helmet worn by batsman Phil Hughes, highlights the difference between the two models

A graphic released by Masuri, the manufacturer of the helmet worn by batsman Phil Hughes, highlights the difference between the two models

Phillip Hughes’ helmet manufacturer Masuri has expressed sympathy with the Australian's family after he died from injuries sustained while wearing their helmet.

Hughes died in hospital two days after being struck with a ball in a Sheffield Shield game.

"Masuri would like to send sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family of Phillip Hughes over their great loss," read a statement from the firm, issued on Thursday morning. "Everyone at Masuri is truly saddened by this event."

The incident has renewed concerns over the safety of playing helmets and on Tuedsday Masuri confirmed they would be seeking more information on how Hughes could have been so seriously injured, despite wearing their helmet.

The helmet worn by Hughes did not cover the back of the batsman's head.

Hughes was wearing a Masuri Original Test model helmet which does not protect the back of a batsman’s head, a particularly vulnerable area.

Masuri has developed a new helmet – the Vision Series - which does protect the back of the head while still allowing the batsman comfortable movement.

“Following the injury to Phil Hughes, Masuri is actively seeking as much TV and video footage of the incident as possible, to be able to see more conclusively exactly where the player was hit,” said Masuri in a statement.

“Masuri would immediately like to join with the world of cricket in wishing Phil Hughes a full and speedy recovery.

“From the footage and pictures currently available to Masuri, it appears that Phil Hughes was struck by the ball to the rear of the grille and below the back of the shell, missing his Masuri Original Test model helmet.

“This is a vulnerable area of the head and neck that helmets cannot fully protect, while enabling batsmen to have full and proper movement.

“The newly-developed Masuri Vision Series helmet, which supersedes the 2013 helmet worn by Phil Hughes, does afford batsmen extra protection in this region – and still allows comfortable movement.”

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