India in Australia 2011-12 February 2, 2012

Celebrate Warner's switch-hitting - David Hussey

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David Warner's remarkable switch-hitting ability should be celebrated and not banned, according to his team-mate David Hussey. In the third over of Wednesday's Twenty20 against India, the left-hander Warner changed his batting stance as R Ashwin was releasing a delivery, and he muscled an enormous six with a right-handed grip over what would have been deep extra cover.

Under the laws of the game Warner's move was perfectly legal, even though a bowler must tell the umpire if he is bowling with a different hand, or switching between over and around the wicket. Similarly, a fieldsman cannot deceive the batsman by significantly changing his position as the bowler runs in.

Switch-hitting has been an issue in the past, when Kevin Pietersen mastered the stroke and said that he felt it was such a high-risk shot that bowlers were not disadvantaged. Hussey said Warner practised the shot regularly in the nets and that he could become a pioneer of the style, and there was no reason the stroke should not be allowed in Test cricket as well.

"I think it's innovative," Hussey said. "Dave is a very classy player, he can bat right-handed or left-handed. It's just a new invention of Twenty20 cricket and I think it definitely should be allowed. I think everything is snowballing from Twenty20 cricket. You see [Test] run-rates up to four or five an over now, so you never know, a switch hit in Test cricket, maybe to bring up a double-hundred in a day.

"I think you can [adapt to it]. You see in baseball there are people who bat both sides of the plate so there's no reason why you can't do it in cricket. Davey is probably a pioneer. Hopefully a few of the younger kids coming through can work at those skills."

As opposed to the reverse-sweep, which is often played with the hands still in their starting position on the handle of the bat, Warner's switch-hit involved a complete change of stance and hand position. When Ashwin ran in, Warner was a left-hand batsman, but as he released the ball, the batsman had become a right-hander.

Aside from the issues of fairness to the bowler and fielders, the move raises questions over umpiring, and whether wides and lbws should be adjudicated based on the original stance or the new position when the shot was played. They are the sort of grey areas that could frustrate Warner's opponents, and even Hussey conceded it was hard bowling to him.

"Dave does it to me in the nets all the time and it's frustrated me, so I beamed him," Hussey said. "I tried to hit him in the head and it didn't go down very well. We had a bit of a falling out for a couple of moments there."

Hussey said if he was bowling in a match and saw the batsman change position early enough, the best move would be to "aim at his toes so he can't swing and get into his arc".

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 3, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    I am not arguing to ban it....but all who supported the switch hit may explain - Do you support the bowler to bowl that ball out side offstump or outside legstump without calling it as a wide.? And do you support the argument that the LBW should be given where ever ball pitched in that particular case? It is not fair to penalize bowlers in that case, isn't it??

  • ygkd on February 3, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    To make a footy analogy - I barrack for a team who, when I was young, had a champion who was my favourite player. We'll call him " 29". Now "29" would bounce the ball when he was tackled and get a free kick. He did it all the time. It was perfectly legal according to the rules of the game as they were. But the other clubs got so sick of it, the rules were changed so that a free was given against "29" whenever he did it. And this rule still exists, decades later. It took "29" a while to adapt, but he surely did. So the question remains, why didn't everyone else just copy him instead of complaining about the rules? Because they couldn't or because they didn't really want to? Or a mixture of both? Just because something is within the current laws, doesn't mean to say it should remain always so for the best interests of the game. "29" proved he could play under the new rule. I'm sure Warner will still hit T20 sixes batting right-handed after instructing the bowler he is facing up that way.

  • ygkd on February 3, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    @meety, mate, I'd say a switch hit does rather make a mockery of the lbw and wide laws for a start as they are currently written. I do not understand how one could rationally argue otherwise. It certainly makes a mockery of the spirit of the laws. As for bowlers switching hands/arms in the run up, has anyone really tried to bowl off the opposite foot? I do naturally, but I can't suddenly swap and bowl left-arm off the same foot. The best a bowler could do is bowl from the penultimate step, about level with the stumps, otherwise he'd have to start a step before his mark and hope it works. Even then, would it make as much difference as a switch hit? I doubt it. If a switch hit is to be allowed at the point of release, then change the rules on wides and lbws to give the poor bowler a fair go. That's all we should want - a balance between bat and ball. Whether its Warner, KP or whoever switch-hitting at the last moment, it isn't cricket otherwise.

  • Attractivue on February 3, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    As KP said, it is such a high risk shot, it actually increases bowler's chances to get a wicket!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 3, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Pietersen invented the shot and wowed the world with it about 6years ago. Australia are years behind England, as we've seen in the recent Ashes.

  • zenboomerang on February 3, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    All these silly comments about bowlers being limited is bewildering... They can bowl the ball from anywhere within the return crease which is 1.3metres wide & drop it from 10 metres short of the batsman to up to hip height on the popping crease... Seems to me that bowlers have a far greater range of movement with the ball than do batsmen facing it... As far as switch-hitting goes, it takes a brave & confident man to perform that with any degree of effectiveness - more power to the batsmen...

  • Naresh28 on February 3, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    @rahulcrciket007 - Indian bowlers are regarded as fodder to other teams outside the subcontinent. Our pace is likeable (just right), shorter length - the number of runs scored is just too much - only Yadav is capable of pitching up. Our fielding lets the opposition take early advantage. We only have some good spinners quality. In our batting ranks we have some capability. Yes Warner is good clean hitter, but I dont think he could do it against other good pace attacks. Indians give too much leeway and hence the batsman gain in confidence that even our spinners become fodder. We need a pacey bowler like ATUL SHARMA.

  • aussiepete3 on February 3, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    I hope some people commenting here have actually played the game and understand the intricies. A batsmen walks down the the track as a bowler you adjust your line and length. He changes his stance you adjust again. A bowler changing hands covertly is not even practical and is not allowed and would probably upset his own rhythm more than the batsmen. Inovation in scoring shots is a brilliant advent that should be applaued not critisized, this coming via an ex bowler! Warner nor Pieterson invented these shots, they are just good at excuting them as is Morgan. Love it, great to enhance the game.

  • gogoldengreens on February 3, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    must laugh at those comments saying a bowler cannot swich hands... would like to see if the batter picks up the difference with the ball spraying around!! Mitchell Johnson may bowl straighter if he tried using the other arm!! Just imagine the treat of a delivery coming down!!

  • DINESHCC on February 3, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    It is the shot introduced by Duglous Marrilier of Zimbabwe way back in 2005. He is the master of that shot

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 3, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    I am not arguing to ban it....but all who supported the switch hit may explain - Do you support the bowler to bowl that ball out side offstump or outside legstump without calling it as a wide.? And do you support the argument that the LBW should be given where ever ball pitched in that particular case? It is not fair to penalize bowlers in that case, isn't it??

  • ygkd on February 3, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    To make a footy analogy - I barrack for a team who, when I was young, had a champion who was my favourite player. We'll call him " 29". Now "29" would bounce the ball when he was tackled and get a free kick. He did it all the time. It was perfectly legal according to the rules of the game as they were. But the other clubs got so sick of it, the rules were changed so that a free was given against "29" whenever he did it. And this rule still exists, decades later. It took "29" a while to adapt, but he surely did. So the question remains, why didn't everyone else just copy him instead of complaining about the rules? Because they couldn't or because they didn't really want to? Or a mixture of both? Just because something is within the current laws, doesn't mean to say it should remain always so for the best interests of the game. "29" proved he could play under the new rule. I'm sure Warner will still hit T20 sixes batting right-handed after instructing the bowler he is facing up that way.

  • ygkd on February 3, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    @meety, mate, I'd say a switch hit does rather make a mockery of the lbw and wide laws for a start as they are currently written. I do not understand how one could rationally argue otherwise. It certainly makes a mockery of the spirit of the laws. As for bowlers switching hands/arms in the run up, has anyone really tried to bowl off the opposite foot? I do naturally, but I can't suddenly swap and bowl left-arm off the same foot. The best a bowler could do is bowl from the penultimate step, about level with the stumps, otherwise he'd have to start a step before his mark and hope it works. Even then, would it make as much difference as a switch hit? I doubt it. If a switch hit is to be allowed at the point of release, then change the rules on wides and lbws to give the poor bowler a fair go. That's all we should want - a balance between bat and ball. Whether its Warner, KP or whoever switch-hitting at the last moment, it isn't cricket otherwise.

  • Attractivue on February 3, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    As KP said, it is such a high risk shot, it actually increases bowler's chances to get a wicket!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 3, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Pietersen invented the shot and wowed the world with it about 6years ago. Australia are years behind England, as we've seen in the recent Ashes.

  • zenboomerang on February 3, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    All these silly comments about bowlers being limited is bewildering... They can bowl the ball from anywhere within the return crease which is 1.3metres wide & drop it from 10 metres short of the batsman to up to hip height on the popping crease... Seems to me that bowlers have a far greater range of movement with the ball than do batsmen facing it... As far as switch-hitting goes, it takes a brave & confident man to perform that with any degree of effectiveness - more power to the batsmen...

  • Naresh28 on February 3, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    @rahulcrciket007 - Indian bowlers are regarded as fodder to other teams outside the subcontinent. Our pace is likeable (just right), shorter length - the number of runs scored is just too much - only Yadav is capable of pitching up. Our fielding lets the opposition take early advantage. We only have some good spinners quality. In our batting ranks we have some capability. Yes Warner is good clean hitter, but I dont think he could do it against other good pace attacks. Indians give too much leeway and hence the batsman gain in confidence that even our spinners become fodder. We need a pacey bowler like ATUL SHARMA.

  • aussiepete3 on February 3, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    I hope some people commenting here have actually played the game and understand the intricies. A batsmen walks down the the track as a bowler you adjust your line and length. He changes his stance you adjust again. A bowler changing hands covertly is not even practical and is not allowed and would probably upset his own rhythm more than the batsmen. Inovation in scoring shots is a brilliant advent that should be applaued not critisized, this coming via an ex bowler! Warner nor Pieterson invented these shots, they are just good at excuting them as is Morgan. Love it, great to enhance the game.

  • gogoldengreens on February 3, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    must laugh at those comments saying a bowler cannot swich hands... would like to see if the batter picks up the difference with the ball spraying around!! Mitchell Johnson may bowl straighter if he tried using the other arm!! Just imagine the treat of a delivery coming down!!

  • DINESHCC on February 3, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    It is the shot introduced by Duglous Marrilier of Zimbabwe way back in 2005. He is the master of that shot

  • on February 3, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    when a off spinner is allowed to throw down few leggies why not this ?

  • on February 3, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Instead of banning it outright, the way forward could be to restrict it in number (just as bowling bouncers per over is restricted), as switch hits do add to the novelty of the game

  • kAzX on February 3, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Warner cant play, Channel 9 commentary geeks start jumping when someone scores a century. Same thing happened with Marsh and is now proved how good he actually is, marsh still is better then Warner cause he scored against a tougher/better opposition.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 3, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    @KAZX . DAVID WARNER IS THE BATSMEN WHO RECENTLY HIT 180 BISTERING RUNS AGINST OUR LEGENDARY INDIAN BOWLING ATTACK IN PERTH . THOSE 180 RUNS INDIAN TEAM DIDN'T EVEN CROSS IN EITHER INNINGS ( 161 & 171)

  • Meety on February 3, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    @youngkeepersdad "...so as not to make a mockery of the laws of the game.." but the switch hit IS within the laws of the game. Fair enough regarding wides (LBWs) but as I said earlier, a simple remedy would be remove the Legside LBW/Wide rules during a switch hit! @kAzX - mate he has TWO test centuries & his FC & Test averages are above 50, & he has smacked several T20 100s, a feat which is not easy to do. @YorkshirePudding - "... the Aussies were whinging about KP's use of the Switch Hit..." Who, when where? Certainly didn't complain as much about the switch hit as your mob whinging about the doosra (or legalities of the perpetrator)!!!

  • on February 3, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    @kAzX - if you take hundreds out of ANY players' career you're always going to be left with mediocrity. Obviously, the scoring of hundreds is what differentiates them and what counts!

  • on February 3, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    I think it should be legal, but the rules should be clarified. Obviously wide should be adjudicated from the batsmen's initial stance, I don't think the umpire needs to be told as that would nullify the element of surprise that comes with the shot. In reality it's only just greater than the surprise that comes with moving either side of the wicket, and takes an awful lot more skill to accomplish. I don't think it's something the ICC will need to crack down on because virtually nobody else can switch hit like Warner does...

  • Gizza on February 3, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    @kAzX, if you take out the two best scores of a batsman of course their average drops. That aside, I think bowlers should be allowed to bowl with either their right or left hand. That's also high risk and takes a lot of practice. Most people won't have the ability to bowl with their weaker hand. I don't know batsmen get all the benefits in this game.

  • josieamy on February 3, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    I agree, if he is allowed to switch hit (switch hit being defined as changing the direction of his hands, as opposed to a reverse shot or backhand shot) then the bowler should be able to bowl either hand without telling the umpire.

    I think the bowler should also be able to bowl over or around the wicket without telling the umpire (obvioulsy this creates issues with non striker batsmen and umpire looking for no ball)

  • Mitcher on February 3, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    @kAzX: Well, to start, that'd be 2 centuries. I dare say if you took out any player's highest scores their record wouldn't be that good. But good try. Oh yeah, you just added to the "attention he's getting". Seems you're part of this perceived problem.

  • on February 3, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    Dave, do you even watch baseball? Switch hitting has to be done before the pitcher pitches. Baseball player is not allowed to even get out of his batters box to hit the ball so forget switch hitting in the middle of a pitch. Watch before you speak dude. I dont mind it being allowed but then bowler has to be alloed too. If bowler's delivery is given as null and void then batsman's runs should be null and void if he switches the side in the middle of the bowler's run up. Don't need to glorify it as next coming.

  • AidanFX on February 3, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Well done to those who have pointed out about the LBW - where th eball must pitch in line with at least leg stumps - in principle if he makes himself a right hander to a bowler (right- arm over) the wicket if he is struck in line with the off (what should be his leg) stump then he is out.

  • on February 3, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    I think As batsmen can "switch".... The Bowlers should also be allowed to bowl with other arm without prior permission from the umpire. Then it will be more fun!!!

  • AidanFX on February 3, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    I am not sure what my thoughts are - but to be fair to Warner (and K Petterson) he hits his switch hit in the stands

  • Vista12 on February 3, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    @KazX - stupid comment.

    Warner is superb, his eye for the ball and heavy hands make him so exciting to watch. I was at ANZ on Wednesday night and his energy in the middle and in the field can be felt even in the stands. What a player.

  • on February 3, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    If the nay-sayers are saying why the big deal about warner - because of what he can do in later years. He has only just started his test career and there is huge potential in a player of his nature to smash records. He needs to work a bit on his response to spin as he can't slog sweep like Haydos could, but i'm sure his confidence and average will improve greatly over the years. To be able to score the 6th fastest 100 within only a handful of test match appearances - big things ahead

  • whyowhy on February 2, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    Hey all you Indian cricket pundits, let the rules be controlled by the administrators, if you have any problems direct them to Gavaskar/Shastri - remember we made the game and you cannot change it just because you are Indian. If you are really jobless and want to change something, try changing the rules in Kabbadi..........

  • on February 2, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    The game is always been pro batsman. I like the idea of contest between bat and ball and certainly bowlers get a raw deal when he comes to what the can do in the shorter forms of the game. I like the switch hit, because it is a really good way to combat the spinners. Warne and Muralitharn might have higher averages if the switch hit was around during their primes. I think the switch hit is a fair shot, but its also a risk shot, so it should be permitted, but I think that if he missed it and hits the batsman on the pad, he should be given out LBW, even if it pitched outside leg. That sounds pretty fair to me

  • whyowhy on February 2, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    Mayanc Sharma, you are now in my court, good on ya mate, if Uttapa can play the shot, please play the shot but first get into Team India, the bottom line my friend or foe is that the shot is a special ability and it should be allowed and not outlawed like many of your countrymen want it to be....play it like a legend (Warner) or like a loser (Uttapa) it does not matter, just play it........

  • on February 2, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    That's right kAzX, if you take out all his good scores he's a rubbish player isn't he. Problem is that you can't take away the century he scored against India or the one against NZ, both times on pitches where almost no one else could get in. Not to mention that before the T20 the other night his last 3 T20 innings were unbeaten centuries, 2 in the Champions league and one in the Big bash. There is plenty to get excited about with what this guy might be able to do.

  • ygkd on February 2, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    Ban it please! The sooner the better. Isn't it enough that someone like Dave Warner gets to use a tree-trunk-sized bat on roped-in grounds against bowlers severely restricted by the laws on wides and the maximum number of overs they can deliver in limited over stuff? Otherwise, dictate that the batsman tell the bowler first, as a bowler must do (if he's ambidextrous enough). The reverse hit, on the other hand, is already an option. Let batsmen stick to that. If you've played hockey or racquet games it's not hard to master and at least you still face up the same way, so as not to make a mockery of the laws of the game.

  • kAzX on February 2, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    Who is David warner?? Take the century out and the guy has scored - 37,5,8,8,28. Less then 500 runs in test cricket and some 200 odd runs in ODIs, Is he worth the attention hes getting?

  • on February 2, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    Let batsmen switch-hit, but ease up the wide and LBW rules when they do.

    Let bowlers switch hands. The only thing they have to announce is which side of the wicket (sidescreen issues) - although this is pretty hard to mask anyway.

    Let fieldsmen move during the bowler's run-up, so long as they always have one foot on the ground (ie, no running) and aren't in a position to distract the striker(so maybe outside of the mid-on to mid-off arc).

    It's T20. If there's any place to test new rules to find a balance, this is it.

  • Steelo72 on February 2, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    What happens to LBW? The switch hitter gets hit on the pads with a ball pitching outside the leg stump but hits him in line with the stumps, but now he has made it outside the off stump because he is hit on the pads?

  • wolf777 on February 2, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Let's see how much Hussey celebrates a 'switch' to underarm bowling...the shot should be banned.

  • on February 2, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    i don't think they should ban the shot itself.... let them play it (which ever team the batsman belongs to)..... as long as there's a change in the wide and lbw rules in the bowler's favour...

    nd to all those ppl who think it's an incredible shot... i think reverse sweeps for six hv also been done fairly regularly in the past.... which i think is more difficult b'coz in tht case ur grip isn't suited to give u max power.....

    i've seen plenty of batsmen play the switch hit in backyard cricket... much easier compared to the reverse sweep...

  • on February 2, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    btw, all those saying tht the switch hit is being opposed by the indians 'coz noone in the indian side can play it... trust me it won't b tht dificult to master for any international batsman.... don't we see all nd sundry playing the scoop shot now... or the reverse sweep....

    i admit tht the indians won't play it on the swinging and seaming wickets of australia or england... but trust me someone'll practice it and start playing that shot....

    but tht shot would still remain unfair unless the lbw nd wide rules r simplified in favour of the bowlers whenever the batsman (from ny team ) attempts such a shot...

  • on February 2, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    i think it should be allowed...but at the same time the rules for lbw and wide should be such that they r completely to the bowler's advantage..... so, if he's struck on his pads the umpire should see if he was out lbw either as a right-hander or as a left hander nd declare him not out only if neither case holds true...

    similarly, the close legside wide call should be done away with in such a case.....

    this will even things out to a certain extent.... nd then we'll see if ny batsman has the balls to attempt such a shot......

    nd i'm not sayng this b'coz it's an ozz doing it.... it just plain sucks how this game treats its bowlers...

  • Lordly123 on February 2, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    @ved_mishra: Batsmen try switch hitting to counter field placements when one side( mostly the leg side) is packed with extra fielders. Changing the bowling hand from left to right or vice versa is not going to help counter switch hitting. Its either you allow or not allow it and I am gonna say dont allow it. Reverse sweep is fine because the stance and the position of the body does not change. Then tere is the problem of wides and lbw's. Remember that anything down the leg side is a wide and switch stance makes it an even bigger issue.

  • sk12 on February 2, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Some guys are commenting the bowlers be allowed to use either hand for delivery to counter the switch hit. How can that be equal to the batsman changing stance. No way a bowler can be so ambidextrous as to deliver proficiently with both hands. The way to go should be (as some others already pointed out) - both sides of the wicket must be treated as offside regarding the wide rule and the LBW rule, and fielders must be allowed to change their positions soon as they see the batsman changing stance. A more dramatic rule can be changing the waist-high full toss no-ball rule to head-high full toss and no free hit and extra run for line no-balls (the ball will not be counted though).

  • on February 2, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    @whyowhy- for your kind info "robin uthappa" is the master of this shot and has smacked many spinners in the IPL including "ajantha mendis"..indian batsmen are equally destructive in playing such kinds of improvising shots..who else in the world plays that helicopter shot better than dhon??i..thats the only shot which can convert a yorker into six!!

  • zico123 on February 2, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    switch hit should be banned

  • Stos on February 2, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    @ved_mishra: Bowlers have to tell the umpire if they are bowling with another hand, and hence inform the batsman, so no, that would not be possible. @"leg spinners should not be allowed to bowl GOOGLY - off spinners should not be allowed to bowl DOOSRA - Fast bowlers should not be allowed to bow SLOW DELIVERS": Nobody is proposing to prevent batsmen from choosing whether to play a soft or hard shot, or which side of the wicket they should hit to, and the only issue here is their changing of hands, which bowlers are already not permitted to do.

  • Sano27 on February 2, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    switch hitting is an interesting prospect in all forms of game......i cant see any reason to outlaw it in test arena.....nowadays the bowlers are allowed to ball slow balls,bouncers,yorker length balls etc in all forms of cricket....so the bowlers can keep the batsman guessing at all time....so why cant it be reversed?

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on February 2, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Can i have proof of anyone ever complaining about Pietersen's use of a switch hit , please? I think most admired the audacity but hoped it would get him out! Seems a peculilarly English trait to imagine slights and criticism that they can rail against.

  • ved_mishra on February 2, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    It should not be banned at all. This is exciting and within the rules of cricket. Moreover, it is riskier for the batsman as switch hit will not be his natural batting style. However, I must agree that wide and LBW rules should be adjusted in favor of bowler since batsman literally changes his instance from left/right to the other side. And and..who knows.. a few skilled bowlers could also devise switch bowl (bowling with other hand) to counter switch hitting :-).

  • S.Jagernath on February 2, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    David Hussey is funny.Michael Slater is even more hilarious,in his mind David Warner is some sort of legend.Warner has done well,but mainly in conditions he is comfortable with.The Australians have their old foolish arrogance back,which does make for interesting cricket.

  • whyowhy on February 2, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    There is a lot of cock and bull written about this, the umpire has to just treat the batsman (in Warners case) left handed and make all decisions by this benchmark, changing hands is the batsmans ability and I doubt there are many batsman who can do this regularly and not risk giving away their wicket. Most junior coaches will reprimand a youngster for trying to play this shot. It is a rare ability to play this shot - Just think how many bowlers can switch their bowling arm and even pitch the ball on the wicket, good luck if it can be done and this should also be allowed as long as the bowler sticks to the side he declared to the umpire. My guess that not even one bowler currently playing top cricket will be able to switch bowling arms during the run up. Aybody who has a problem about the shot can eat their hearts out.............

  • whyowhy on February 2, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    This is a high risk shot, not recommended for any batsman who does not have the talent to do it, if the batsman does it too early the bowler can stop and go back to the top of his mark without delivering, so the crux of the matter is the timing, it is a last second change of hands and if nothing gives the bowler a more and 75 percent chance of getting the better of the batsman. The problem seems to be that there is no present Indian batsman capable of playing the shot so it should be outlawed, just like the DRS, if anything does not rub well with the Indians it should be outlawed - grow up and "be a man" ala Russell Peters.

  • YorkshirePudding on February 2, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    No so long ago the Aussies were whinging about KP's use of the Switch Hit, now that one over thier own can use it, its perfectly acceptable. I agree if the batsmen goes for a switch hit, the Leg and Off side should also switch so that he can at least be judged LBW and wides are not adjudged...The other option is for the bowler to pull out of the delivery as he should see the batsman make the change before release, and keep doing it until the batsman desists.

  • crikbuff on February 2, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    The switch hit must be outlawed. Else, the bowler should be permitted to switch-bowl.

  • thinktank1 on February 2, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Warner was a treat to watch.. what power.. and that switch hit.. It's like he knew the ball would be der on leg stump line.. Great.

  • on February 2, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    lol.. plz consider the following before putting a ban on such shots:

    - leg spinners should not be allowed to bowl GOOGLY - off spinners should not be allowed to bowl DOOSRA - Fast bowlers should not be allowed to bow SLOW DELIVERS - Medium pacers should not be allowed to bowl over 80 KPH or less thn 79 KPH :p - In-swingers should not be allowed to bowl OUT SWINGERS and vice-versa - Shahid afridi should not be allowed to bowl FAST ones

    well it is getting complicated now :p..

  • Andross on February 2, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    It seams simple to me, if you perform a switch-hit, you are the one changing the goal posts, so I think that the bowler cannot be penalised for a wide, whichever side of the stumps they bowl, and the batsman should open themselves up to a legside LBW. basically, those 2 rules which are designed to make life easier for the batsman, should not apply if you do a switch-hit, because it is unfair for the bowler to bowl a legal line and get called for a wide because the batsman turned around. But apart from that, if you can play the shot and not get yourself bowled, good on you.

  • CricFreax on February 2, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    the XI for next game should be Gambhir, Sachin (sehwag can be dropped), Virat, Raina,Rohit,MSD,Ashwin, Umesh, Irfan, Praveen, Rahul

  • on February 2, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    It shouldn't be banned, meanwhile its upto batsman ability to hit those kinds of shot...

  • bvnathan on February 2, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Everything a batsman does in 20/20 is exciting and fun to watch - as the bowler is not informed about the batsman intention of switch-hit.

    How about extending the same rules (say 'switch-bowl) to a bowler (with ability to bowl using both hands in an over) with no advance notice to the batsman - that will be exciting too, as we don't know how many bowlers are pretty good using both their hands in their trade.

  • mr.cruizy on February 2, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    oh please cry babies..all those whining over this issue. switch hit is the most facinating thing in cricket.. i remember in our playing days (local cricket in pakistan) almost every good batsman used to play this kind of shot regularly/frequently. this shows mental strenght of a batsman to go against a bowler..changing stance and hitting him out of park require hell of skills and guts.its never too easy to keep your concentration while changing stance. i remember i tried a few times but FAILED BIG TIME.. its not easy trust me..so if any one is trying it out. he should be allowed to showcase his talent. its us the fans who want to see good cricket. in any format of cricket.not just T20..

  • rohitab_bash on February 2, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    crap..total CRAP...wots so illegal in it..???as KP said the batsman s at gr8 risk playing tat shot..its far from easy..instead f discussing its legality admire the shot INDIA...boy didnt he time it awesomely..!!!a 100m 6 with a switch hit..WARNER take a bow!!

  • cricket-is-passion on February 2, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    This is not about playing a good cricket or bad cricket my friend. Mastering switch shot is good but at the same time would batsman like if a fast bowler runs all the way until pitch and stop before pitch all of sudden walk two steps and release a arm ball with a good pace batsman immediately objects be he looses concentration. Same as the case here, when bowler decided to pitch the ball in an area to take his wicket but if batsman uses switch shot the ball might become a halfvolley or lolly pop to the batsman. So ICC must ban that shot though its a great art to learn and master but still impacts bowlers tacticts & concentration a lot.

  • Walson on February 2, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Just because India can't play good cricket like others, and more money is in India (just because more people live there!!) and so India wants to control cricket, eventually what Indians can't do, or like, will be banned - to detriment of the game! Eventually India will also loose cricket money, status, influence, etc... and end up with a second class Indian team and a second class cricket game (as far the game format & rules are concerned!).

  • on February 2, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Ok, then all you cry babies. if the switch hit should be banned, then so should fast bowlers who bowl a slower ball. they declare they are fast bowlers, so bowl fast. people like shahid afridi who declares he is a leg spinner isnt allowed to bowl that odd offie he does. This is just sour grapes. What a shot from Warner, absolutely great to see.

  • twofer on February 2, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Let the batsman stand and hit from where they wish. LBW law can be simplified to 2 criteria - did the ball strike the pad first, and was it hitting the stumps - yes to both means out. Wides can be simplified as well, narrow the distance on the off stump and make it the same on the leg side. Four run penalty plus runs and no additional ball. Same penalty could be applied for No balls.

  • on February 2, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    The discussion to banned switch over shot is going on because it is hit against India....... As DRS is not used for Indian cricket due to their dislikes.................... So the whole Australian team should be banned.......

  • Chenn_Krishna on February 2, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    If it switch is allowed, then why can't bowler bowl with different hand? cricket becomes only batsman's friendly?

  • Barnesy4444 on February 2, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    It should be outlawed in 50 over and test cricket. 20/20 is just fun so it doesn't matter. Is anybody else tired of hearing about Warner? You'd think he was the only player in the country. Our captain did just make a triple and double in the same series, only the third player in 140 years to do that, rarer than a 'switch hit'.

  • on February 2, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    I enjoyed the shot absolutely, Warner timed is beautifully.......one of those shot will never can be erased from the memory.

  • satish619chandar on February 2, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Regarding the LBW/Wide, take everything out of equation on switch hit.. No wides for switch hit.. If the ball is going to hit stump, no matter where it pitches or where it hits the batsman, he should be declared out.. Let the whole risk be with the batsman..

  • satish619chandar on February 2, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    @dsig3 : Lol.. England fans come to Doosra now.. Good going.. If Doosra is banished, then fast bowler should declare which swing he ll bowl and should not bowl the other one.. Just imagine Anderson declaring Right arm outswing bowler and if he bowls inswing, he should be penalised or banned.. Does it sound any good? Bowling with other hand can be equated with the switch hit..

  • on February 2, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    after all dil scoop is the most popular shot in cricket,

  • on February 2, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    BCCI will ban SwitchHit soon, since Indian players can't play this shot!

  • da_team on February 2, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    So many cry babies anyway just cause you guys/gals cany do it lmao, OH WHO WON THAT GAME? AUSSIES DIDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

  • on February 2, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Evolution cant be repressed, its guys like David Warner who keep things alive, sure make some rules around innovations that leave grayness, but quelling them is absurd> Personally I thought David Hussey saying he beamed in the nets was great anecdote! Bowlers will counter the balance somehow, that's the nature of the game.

  • FatBoysCanBat on February 2, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    If the shot is going to be allowed [which I believe it should be] then, when it is played, wides should become the same distance outside the stumps on both sides of the batsman as the original off-side wide [so no such thing as a leg-side wide] giving more leeway to the bowlers because all they will have to do is get it between the lines on either side of the pitch. Also for LBW there should not be such thing as 'pitched outside leg stump' and all the ball has to do is hit the batsman in line with the stumps and be going on to hit the stumps. Both these rules will take away the confusion for the umpires and give the bowlers a more even playing field.

  • on February 2, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Evolution cant be repressed, its guys like David Warner who keep things alive, sure make some rules around innovations that leave grayness, but quelling them is absurd> Personally I thought David Hussey saying he beamed in the nets was great anecdote! Bowlers will counter the balance somehow, that's the nature of the game.

  • on February 2, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    I am an Indian and i enjoyed his shot....i don't know why every Indian is criticizing Warner and Hussey....if Sehwag played it they would have made him the god.....lolzzz

  • on February 2, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    After some time, when Asians will master this shot, Aussies and English will be the cry babies calling for a permanent ban on this shot. When Pakistanis invented Reverse swing, these guys termed it as cheating and now when their own bowlers have learned it, it is all fair.

  • trumpoz on February 2, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    This discussion is stupid. Batsmen invent new shots, bowlers adapt. Bowlers find ways of restricting batsmen and then the batsmen develop new shots. It will eventually balance itself out. The dilscoop came in and bowlers started bowling wide yorkers to counter it. Eventually the switch-hit will become more popular and bowlers will think of a way to counter it and so the cycle goes. Though, I do wonder if there would be less focus on it if it were an Indian batsman hitting an Australian bowler.

  • ballonbat on February 2, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    I am not a KP fan, so I am not championing his cause. But really, how can you describe Warner as a 'pioneer' of the switch-hit when KP has been doing it for years? KP launched it internationally in June 2008, six months before Warner even hit the international scene. That was almost four years ago and NOW you're getting all excited about it.

    How about including a link in your two lines about switch hitting, Pietersen and previous problems to one of the articles about the whole issue. Thanks.

  • Clyde on February 2, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Well, 'Tangles' Walker always looked like he was an ambidextrous bowler but he wasn't.

  • Shrekk on February 2, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Well well well..."I think it's innovative" - of course you would, you're an Aussie, you like things when your mates have learned how to do it...what about the Doosra, hussey?? Not innovative? No, nothing? Yeah but what if Lyon learns how to bowl it?? Aaahh...

  • class9ryan on February 2, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is d reaction should b for any1 watching that shot. I think that's the perfect shot for T 20's & its adventurous entertainment.. Hope Warner does not play that in Test Matches because T 20's r fun games while Test is a class game.

  • on February 2, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Its difficult playing the switch hit. Yet, unlike the reverse sweep it does put bowlers at a disadvantage because of the current rules for lbw. Ideally wides should not be allowed if the batsman has switched from left handed to right handed ( or vice versa). But if the batsman is hit on the pads, bowlers should have the rivght to appeal and the umpires have to consider it as how the shot was played left handed or right handed. Wides should not be given simply because the batsman had been in his original stance the ball would not have been wide. You dont give wides to deliveries when the batsman make room towards the leg and fails to connect, or even if he charges the bowler, or moves towards the off side and misses a ball going down middle stump right ? The rationale is - If the batsman was in his original position the ball would not have been deemed wide'

  • schleppo on February 2, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Anyone that didn't enjoy Warners switch hit and wants it banned is just a sore loser. I don't care what country a batsman is from, let them entertain me.

  • on February 2, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    perfectly legal. The only things that needs to be done is to clarify with umpires that if at any time a batsman attempts a reverse sweep or a switch hit then the allowable width on the original offside is then applied on the legside before a wide can be called and that an lbw can be given no matter where the ball pitches as long as the batsman is hit inline.

  • jasonpete on February 2, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    @ suresh duminda,don't worry,warner will make sure to do that against srilankan team in the CB series :) As an australian ,I enjoyed Warner shot but it's unfair to the bowlers ( all other team)and fielders,in this case they should allow the bowlers to run in and bowl with other arm.

  • dsig3 on February 2, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Only a few people on the planet could play that shot. I dont think bowlers will be worried if batsmen start trying to play it as long as their name is not Warner. Also, if a bowler could bowl either hand then go ahead. That is so difficult its hard to imagine it ever happening. I doubt many batsmen are going to mind bowlers trying it.

  • on February 2, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Come on Aussies this is not cricket. If a bowler or a fielder is penalized for switching how come a batsman is ignored for this offence.Baseball is a different game and Cricket should be played according to correct techniques especially in Batting.I strongly condemn all types of monkey strokes displayed by present day batsman and it is obvious that they do not have the correct approach to Batting technically.take an example from Sir Don,Sobers,Worrel,Weekes,Richards,Lloyd,Gavaskar,Tendulkar,Jayasuriya,Aravinda,Wettimuny,Miandad, Chappell brothers,Ponting,Clark,Mahela,Sangakkara to name a few of the greats.

  • Drew12 on February 2, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    @tootsie 'new rules'. LMAO. It is known as limited overs cricket for a very obvious reason. Otherwise, particularly in T20, a team could pack their order with batsmen and have only 2 bowlers. Then it really would become the batsmens game that you lament.

  • pauliangenius on February 2, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    THIs move shoould be BANNED>>>

  • Sutiro on February 2, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Bit of show pony stuff really. He would be better off practicing to stay in a little longer that 2 overs at a time. When they learn to bowl and throw left and right handed equally well then that would pioneering.

  • DaRKCreMeTai on February 2, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    I became a fan of his, ever since he scored centuries in the champions league T20's , however his performance in the KFC first t20 was poor, now i think this guy is like Sehwag ..:/

  • Kavum on February 2, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Pity there haven't been top-level ambidextrous bowlers who can run in and bowl with either arm without more than a moment's notice to the batter. I'm sure the batting-friendly powers that be would have outlawed it post haste (in fact have done in advance). In a case similar to this, if there had been two slips, a gully and a third-man for a LHB, would it be not out 'cos of a no-ball based on anti-leg theory if a pace bowler bowled short (and got a wicket)? Also as pointed out wides and LBWs become near farcical. As it is, yesterday, when Ashwin jumped way outside the off stump to play a scoop and the bowler followed him, he was wided by the ump who was mechanically following the rules - not the dictates of good sense. These rules - they need fixing, pronto.

  • on February 2, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Accordingl to Hussey, switch hitting is a good thing and should be allowed. Is it because Warner is his team mate ? The best way to bowl if a batsman try to switch hit and the bowler notices it early enough is to bowl a little biit wide on the original stance position. In that case umpire cannot call it a wide or bowler cannot be hit either. Since Australia is riding high at the moment, their players can justify whatever their bowlers or batsmen do. Things will change when they come to asian sub-continent. So let them enjoy the success for the time being.

  • Tootsie on February 2, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    Cricket has become a batsmens game. Bowlers can't wear sponsors logos and are constantly being disadvantaged by new rules. eg limited overs in ODIs and T20s yet batsmen can bat the entire innings.

  • cheeseburgers on February 2, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    it was absolutely unbelievable..what power what timing..take a bow David Warner!!

    I think Switch Hit should become legal as it adds dimension in the game..Change is the only constant as the old sayin goes:)

  • on February 2, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    awsome hitting by warner..................he really play these shorts very well

  • on February 2, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    invention is the beauty of cricket.....marrilliers scoop,dil scoop,morgans diff shots,warners swich bomb ,peitersens switch hit,mc cullams drag over keeper....all are fantastic improvisations and beauty to watch

  • a1234s on February 2, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    if that's the case, bowlers should be allowed to switch sides(otw, rtw) or hands without telling the umpire.

  • Blythesville on February 2, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    And yet again, the batsman gets a huge advantage. And still people criticize the doosra.

  • on February 2, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Remarkable shot from warner.......

  • rahulcricket007 on February 2, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    I THINK JADEJA SHOULD BE REPLACED FROM THE TEAM . HE ONLY PERFORMS IN SUBCONTINENT . ANY BODY REMEMBERS HIS BOWLING FIGURES IN 2009 T20WC AGINST IMPORTANT MATCH OF ENG. 3-0-34-1 . ALSO AGAINST AUS IN 2010 T20 WC HIS FIGURES WERE 2-0-38-0 . ALSO HE DIDN'T SCORE RUNS ON OVERSEAS PITCHES . TIME TO DROP HIM & REPLACE HIM WITH PATHAN . RAINA, ROHIT CAN BOWL .

  • FAB_ALI on February 2, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Everything is Fair in Love, War and T20!!

  • Rahulbose on February 2, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    It should be allowed, but allow bowlers to switch hands as well.

  • on February 2, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    Well! it is definitely an invention because it is coming from the Australians. Had there been a Pakistani with such innovation, he would have been punished for "Bat Tampering". Reverse swing and doosra have all been questioned and not given due credit to their masters.

  • on February 2, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Switch Hit is very unfair to Bowler. A bowler has to announce before the delivery whether he is going to bowl left handed or right handed, whether over the wicket or round the wicket.. A fielder is not suppose to change his position before the delivery.. Why is the batsman allowed to change his stance ?

    If he is so good at right hand, let him tell the bowler that he is going to play next delivery with right hand.. Why deceive the bowler? This is cheating..

  • Ozcricketwriter on February 2, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    I don't think we should ban it yet. But if it proves to be an unfair advantage and has no risk, then yes it should be outlawed. Bowlers have to inform the umpire before they change from over to around or left to right; hence batsmen should have to too. But if it is high risk, then fair enough. There was debate about the Dilscoop being banned but it is high risk so thus far hasn't been. If switch hitting is proven to be high risk then it should remain. If it is too easy, then ban it.

  • RohanaSome on February 2, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    It is unfair to the bowler as well as fielding side since it is not easy to bowl or set the field such sudden switching in the stance. In that case it should be similar to the rule applied to bowlers to change bowling arm. Otherwise the bowlers also should have the freedom to change the bowling arm without prior notice. Also then there should not be any field restrictions. Eg: maximum 4 fielders in 30 yards circle, maximum of 5 fielders on side

  • on February 2, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    I'm sure Indian want to banned this shot...cuz they cant stop warner..go warny make it again...

  • on February 2, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    invention , lol, these kinda shots been played over decades now

  • on February 2, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Switch hitting is a batsman capability of how to hit the balls on other side. Full marks to Warner and Kevin Pietersen for this innovation. ICC should not be banned this and do not make much issue out of it.

  • Meety on February 2, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    IMO - switch hitting is fine (I agree with KP), it's a high risk strategy. On the topic of wides & lbws, I think that to compensate the bowler, the legside rule for wides & lbw should be not applicable. You can't have bowlers changing from around to over the wicket with no notice due to sightboards etc, I would see no problem with switch-bowling in terms of hands. If a bowler can bowl a ball left or right handed all power to him, just as long as he bowls from the nominated side of the stumps. So I can imagine bowlers would not like the switch hit as it stands, so the rules need to be adjustd to remove LBW & wide rules when a batsmen switch hits! To me, that's a simple remedy!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 2, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    In that case, bowler must be able to bowl on the off-side or leg-side and that cannot be called a wide. If batsman can switch without informing others, then why don't bowlers do that? . Why punish them only?

  • timmyw on February 2, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Sorry David, but I completely disagree! unless ofcourse you don't mind bowlers not telling the batsman when they get to bowl either side of the pitch, or if they can bowl left or right handed when ever they feel like it. Perhaps in T20 this would be ok, but in tests? No thank you.

  • on February 2, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    he himself said he felt terrible when it was done to him..Please ban it or allow bowlers and fielders to change their hand/position too..

  • on February 2, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    If batters can do this bowlers should be allowed to bowl with either arm without having to notify the batter. Only fair, surely.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 2, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    WELL , THIS SHOT IS NOT NEW . KP PLAYED THIS SHOT YEARS AGO . ALSO I HAVE SEEN BRENDON MCULLUM REVERSE SWEEPING SHAUN TAIT & BRETT LEE FOR HUGE SIXES .

  • dsig3 on February 2, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    If you let people bend their arm in half bowling doosra's then lets let people try and copy Warner and KP. Both doosra's and the switch hit add to the game.

  • OkyaBokya on February 2, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    It shold be perfectly fine if batsman decides to switch hit. It is great to watch. It is highly dangerous shot so bowlers shold not mind it as well. As far as umpiring goes..rule should be similar to when batsman leaves the ball. Only criteria should be if ball is hitting stumps or not. Pitching, contact of the ball should not matter. When you are ready to have a go at this shot, you have to have this strict LBW rule. Balance.

  • farkin on February 2, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    switch-hitting has been around for years in primary schools its nothing new

  • satish619chandar on February 2, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Not sure whether it could be allowed.. Just think a bowler who declares that he ll bowl around the wicket and suddenly come over the wicket and bowls(Provided we have a big sight screen covering the whole area)..

  • unregisteredalien on February 2, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    I agree - it's brilliant and there's absolutely no reason to ban it. The restrictions on bowlers are obviously there for safety reasons. Ditto fielders, as the batsman should be able to watch the ball rather than keeping an eye on a moving field.

  • on February 2, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    If Switch Hit and Warner type of hits was there then Ashley giles would not have ben half the player he was...Perfect combat for negative line..

  • palla.avinash on February 2, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    mr hussey then why not ask icc to allow bowlers with any hand without telling the batsmen at any time of the delivery stride and it will be great invasion against batsmen.why only enjoy batsmen lets enjoy bowler success also.

  • on February 2, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    There's the issue of the bowler having to tell the batsman if he is bowling around the wicket, but imagine the uproar if a bowler could run in and bowl with the other arm?

    What happens on a switch-hit when the bowler bowls a wide (to a left hander) down leg side, but he's switched to right handed?

    The reverse sweep style shot without altering your grip and stance is ok, but surely changing stance and grip shouldn't be allowed?

    I'm an Australian supporter and Warner's 6 was MASSIVE, but it seems to go against the game?

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  • on February 2, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    There's the issue of the bowler having to tell the batsman if he is bowling around the wicket, but imagine the uproar if a bowler could run in and bowl with the other arm?

    What happens on a switch-hit when the bowler bowls a wide (to a left hander) down leg side, but he's switched to right handed?

    The reverse sweep style shot without altering your grip and stance is ok, but surely changing stance and grip shouldn't be allowed?

    I'm an Australian supporter and Warner's 6 was MASSIVE, but it seems to go against the game?

  • palla.avinash on February 2, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    mr hussey then why not ask icc to allow bowlers with any hand without telling the batsmen at any time of the delivery stride and it will be great invasion against batsmen.why only enjoy batsmen lets enjoy bowler success also.

  • on February 2, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    If Switch Hit and Warner type of hits was there then Ashley giles would not have ben half the player he was...Perfect combat for negative line..

  • unregisteredalien on February 2, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    I agree - it's brilliant and there's absolutely no reason to ban it. The restrictions on bowlers are obviously there for safety reasons. Ditto fielders, as the batsman should be able to watch the ball rather than keeping an eye on a moving field.

  • satish619chandar on February 2, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Not sure whether it could be allowed.. Just think a bowler who declares that he ll bowl around the wicket and suddenly come over the wicket and bowls(Provided we have a big sight screen covering the whole area)..

  • farkin on February 2, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    switch-hitting has been around for years in primary schools its nothing new

  • OkyaBokya on February 2, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    It shold be perfectly fine if batsman decides to switch hit. It is great to watch. It is highly dangerous shot so bowlers shold not mind it as well. As far as umpiring goes..rule should be similar to when batsman leaves the ball. Only criteria should be if ball is hitting stumps or not. Pitching, contact of the ball should not matter. When you are ready to have a go at this shot, you have to have this strict LBW rule. Balance.

  • dsig3 on February 2, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    If you let people bend their arm in half bowling doosra's then lets let people try and copy Warner and KP. Both doosra's and the switch hit add to the game.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 2, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    WELL , THIS SHOT IS NOT NEW . KP PLAYED THIS SHOT YEARS AGO . ALSO I HAVE SEEN BRENDON MCULLUM REVERSE SWEEPING SHAUN TAIT & BRETT LEE FOR HUGE SIXES .

  • on February 2, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    If batters can do this bowlers should be allowed to bowl with either arm without having to notify the batter. Only fair, surely.