Ian Chappell and many of his ilk may regard it as “grossly unfair”, but the punch is well within the laws and part of the evolution of cricket is feeling, one of its main representatives Glenn Maxwell. Maxwell is playing the switch-hit effectively and has touched quite a few in the just concluded three-game ODI series, which the former Australian skipper called “illegal”.
A switch stroke involves a batter changing the order of his hands (left hand to right hand or vice versa) after the pitcher begins his swing.
“Like you said, it’s in the laws of the game, it always has (been). The drummer has evolved in such a way, he’s improved over the years, that’s why seeing these Huge scores get chased down and the scores go up, âsaid Maxwell when asked for Chappell’s comments.
Maxwell urged bowlers to come up with a plan to combat the switch hit. âAnd I guess it’s up to bowlers to try and fight that,â he said.
“I guess the bowlers’ skills have been tested every day, the bowlers have to come up with different changes, different ways of stopping batters and the way they close one end of the court and so on,” Maxwell told the post-match press conference.
He said that as the batsmen have evolved, so too should the bowlers try to evolve simultaneously. âI guess the way the stick evolves, I think bowling should try to evolve. And we see guys coming up with articulation balls and wide Yorker fields and different tactics. And ODI cricket tactics have definitely evolved, so I just saw it as a different part of the evolution of the gameâ¦ âhe added.
Chappell, 77, had expressed his reservations about the flip of the switch. âThe Aussie hitter was exceptional. They made it pretty easy .. especially (Steven) Smith and Maxwell, some of the shots he plays are to be believed. (The switch shots) are incredibly skillful, but it doesn’t It’s not fair. âChappell had told the Wide World of Sports.