Ian Chappell and many of his ilk may regard it as “grossly unfair”, but the punch is very much in accordance with the law and part of the evolution of cricket, 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 stick has evolved in such a way that it has improved over the years, which is why these massive scores are continued and scores go up, âMaxwell said 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 the bowlers to try and fight that,â he said.
âI guess the skills of the bowlers were tested every day, with bowlers having to come up with different changes, different ways of stopping batters and how they close one end of the court and so on,â Maxwell told the post-match press conference.
He said that as the batsmen have evolved, the bowlers should also try to evolve simultaneously.
âI guess the way the stick evolves, I think bowling should try to evolveâ¦.
âAnd we see guys coming up with punches, wide fields of yorkie and different tactics. And the tactics of ODI cricket have definitely evolved, so I just see it as a different part of the evolution of the game? “, he added.
Chappell, 77, had expressed his reservations about the flip of the switch.
âThe Australian stick was exceptional. They made it pretty easy … especially (Steven) Smith and Maxwell some of the shots he plays are to be believed. (Switch-hitting) is incredibly skillful, but it’s not fair, âChappell told the Wide World of Sports.