India vs Australia: Glenn Maxwell talks with Ashton Agar throughout the third ODI match.© AFP
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell could name it “blatantly unfair” however Glenn Maxwell sees nothing unsuitable in using the switch-hit, describing it as a “different part” of cricket’s evolution over time. A swap hit includes a batsman altering the order of his arms (from left-handed to proper handed grip or vice-versa) after the bowler has already began on his run-up. “…it is within the laws of the game. Batting has evolved in such a way, that it has got better and better over the years, which is why we see these massive scores are getting chased down and the scores are going up,” Maxwell mentioned when requested about Chappell’s feedback after the ODI collection which his staff gained 2-1.
Maxwell urged the bowlers to give you a plan to fight the swap hit. “And I suppose it is up-to the bowlers to try and combat that,” he mentioned.
“I suppose the skills of bowlers have been tested everyday with bowlers having to come up with different change-ups, different ways to stop batters,” Maxwell mentioned on the post-match press convention after the third ODI.
He mentioned because the batsmen have advanced, equally bowlers also needs to attempt to innovate. “…we see guys come up with knuckle-balls and wide yorker fields and different tactics. And the tactics of ODI cricket have definitely evolved, so I just see it (switch hit) as a different part of the evolution of the game…,” he added.
The 77-year-old Chappell had expressed his reservations in regards to the swap hit.
“(Switch-hitting) is amazingly skilful, but it’s not fair,” Chappell had advised the Wide World of Sports.
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