Dean Jones says danger for cricket crowds has never been higher

DEAN Jones knows more than most how dangerous cricket can be – but it’s not just players who are sometimes at grave risk, he says.

The former Australian Test and one-day star believes the safety of spectators is becoming an issue. “There will come a time, I’m not kidding, when someone is definitely going to get badly hurt,” he said this week.

There are three reasons for that; the increasing velocity with which batsmen armed with huge wooden weapons are now hitting balls into the grandstands, spectators being encouraged to compete for “crowd catches” and the general behaviour of fans throwing objects such as billiard balls while performing Mexican waves.

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