Switch-hit is in the laws, part of the evolution of the game: Glenn Maxwell: The Tribune India


Canberra, December 2

Former Australian captain Ian Chappell may call this “grossly unfair”, but Glenn Maxwell sees nothing wrong with using the switch-hit, describing it as a “different part” of the evolution of cricket over the years.

A switch stroke involves a batter changing the order of his hands (left hand to right hand or vice versa) after the pitcher has already started his swing.

“… it’s in the laws of the game. Batting has evolved in such a way that it has improved over the years, which is why we are seeing those huge scores being continued and the scores going up.” Maxwell said when asked about Chappell’s comments after the ODI Series his team won 2-1.

Maxwell urged bowlers to come up with a plan to combat the switch hit. “And I guess it’s up to bowlers to try and fight that,” he said.

“I guess the skills of the bowlers have been tested every day, the bowlers have to come up with different changes, different ways to stop batters,” Maxwell said in the post-game press conference after the third ODI here.

He said batsmen have evolved, so bowlers should try to innovate as well.

“… we see guys coming up with articulation balls and wide Yorker fields and different tactics. And the tactics of ODI cricket have definitely evolved, so I just see it (switch stroke) as a different part of the evolution of the game…, ”he added.

Chappell, 77, had expressed his reservations about the flip of the switch.

“(The flick of the switch) is incredibly skillful, but it’s not fair,” Chappell told the Wide World of Sports. PTI


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