Cricket Australia’s position on helmets and neck protectors

CA Managed Competitions

As reflected in the ICC’s directive, it has been mandated since the 19/20 Season that all CA, state and pathway players in CA managed competitions are required to wear BS7928:2013 helmets when batting, wicket-keeping up to the stumps and fielding in close to the batter.  

Changes to CA's playing conditions for the 2023-24 season make it mandatory for batters in all CA-sanctioned competitions to wear the neck protectors that are fixed or fitted to the rear of batting helmets when facing fast or medium pace bowling. 

Community Cricket Recommendations

Since 2019 CA has strongly recommended the use of British Standard BS7928:2013 helmets in community cricket when batting, wicket-keeping up to the stumps and fielding.  

CA are now taking the next step in their commitment to player safety, and strongly recommending that participants in community cricket wear a neck protector alongside their British Standard helmet in order to protect their head and neck. 

A range of resources are available for associations to enforce the use of helmets and neck protectors for batting and the use of helmets when wicket keeping or fielding close to the stumps. 



Alex Kountouris – The Safety and Science of British Standard Helmets 


Cricket Shepparton – How to Implement Mandatory Helmets 



The Players – Why wear a British Standard helmet?



Purchasing a helmet


The ICC has published a list of known helmets that met the BSI (BS7928:13) and BS 7928; 2013 + A1:2019, as of 18 October 2023. 

The list includes a range of helmets with the A1:2019 specifications for neck protectors.

To read more, head to the ICC website.