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Frank Lauri wrote:
Jay....nice and crisp shots. I see some are wearing types of pads. Is this based on choice by the player or the position.
The batsmen and the wicket keeper (wearing the orange gloves) always use the leg pads. The batsmen also have a crutch protector box under their trousers and often also wear thigh and forearm pads pad on the side facing the bowler. (left side for a right handed batsman - you can see a thigh pad under the trousers in the shot below)
The bowlers and fieldsmen (11 team members on the field and two batsmen from the opposing team, similar to baseball but with an extra batsman) don't wear protection.
Most often the batsmen will wear helmets when a fast bowler is bowling, (as opposed to slow, spin bowlers) like in the shot below from the same game and often the keeper will also wear one for protection. The ball is rock hard and with fast bowlers, travels at a similar speed to baseball pitching.