Australia in England 2012 June 22, 2012

Warner to switch-hit Swann

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David Warner has promised to turn his savage switch-hit on England in the forthcoming ODI series, and believes Graeme Swann may not be the only spinner he will have the chance to try it against. Following a sprightly 74 for the Australians in their opening tour match against Leicestershire at Grace Road, Warner predicted the inclusion of Samit Patel beside Swann in England's preferred XI for the five-match series.

Alongside Kevin Pietersen, now retired from ODIs and Twenty20 internationals, Warner has shown a penchant for switch-hitting that has challenged the game's bowlers - not to mention lawmakers - in adapting to the audacious change of stance as a spinner delivers the ball. He first showed its effectiveness in T20 club competition, before unleashing it on India's R Ashwin in limited-overs matches in Australia last summer. Should Alastair Cook hand the ball to Swann at a time when Warner is at the crease, Australia's combative opener suggested he would not take long in abandoning orthodoxy.

"If I get the opportunity and they're willing to put Swanny on early, I'll definitely be playing the switch-hit," Warner said. "It has to be a period in the game where it's necessary for me to play it. If I find I'm bogged down a little or if I find there's a scoring shot or I want to move a fielder, I'll play that shot so he has two men behind point.

"That's in the back of my mind, what I want to do to manipulate the field how I want to work it. I think they might play two spinners against us, I think Patel will come in and they might only play three quicks. So it depends where we're playing as well, but that's what I think they're going to do and obviously the switch-hit probably might come out."

England's management showed their wariness of Australia, meanwhile, by dispatching the video analyst Gemma Broad to Leicester to take footage of the touring bowlers. She paid particular attention to getting a striker's-eye-view of the young Victorian fast man James Pattinson in his two-over burst with the new ball at the start of the Leicestershire innings.

Such eye-level footage is of the kind used in both England and Australia for the use of the Pro-Batter device, which projects a bowler's action onto a screen before firing a ball from a bowling machine at a point of delivery calibrated to match that of the real thing, thus recreating the feeling of facing an opponent. Well-versed as he is with the level of analysis now taking place on both sides, Warner was not concerned by Broad's presence.

"Just think it's giving her something to do actually, to be honest," he said. "That's what happens, we get all the footage anyway, it doesn't matter ... she's probably just doing some extra work. There's a data program around the world that all the countries get and we use anyway, so there's nothing that we haven't seen before.

"She'd definitely be trying to get some extra footage of us in these conditions. Definitely some of us never playing before in England so they probably want a bit of footage for us, but at the end of the day they've got to stand up at their mark and bowl at us."

Having opened up with the wicketkeeper Matthew Wade at Grace Road, Warner was unsure whether Wade or Shane Watson would accompany him at the top of the order in the ODIs against England, or the one-off match against Ireland on Saturday that precedes them. However he felt confident of his adjustment to softer English surfaces after looking comfortable at the crease in Australia's first match of the tour.

"Obviously for my game it's trying to pull it in a little bit because it does a lot early, especially in Durham it's going to in the morning," Warner said. "But I have to keep going about my game how I do, and if it requires adjustment then I'm going to adjust."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • gunnerr4life on June 24, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Warner should only think to do that against harbhajan , ashwin , ojha , etc . He should not even think to try switch hit against quality bowlers like swann , ajmal , etc . Any ways , it will be good to watch .

  • JG2704 on June 24, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    @g.narsimha on (June 24 2012, 06:21 AM GMT) I would say there's no real need to go on anyone elses threads and snipe/gloat etc but when Indian fans constantly do so on our threads , do you really expect Eng fans to not mention India's recent shocking away form in return? I'm sure the same would happen if/when Eng fans go on other countries threads to do the same. They will obviously get the UAE tour thrown back in their face and rightly so. Yes , I do wonder if we made Pak look even better than they are or if we improved for the 2nd SL test or if Pak played out of their skins vs Eng and are now reverting back to their inconsistency? I hope that Pak come back in this series

  • g.narsimha on June 24, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    VALVAN-We cant exlude our woefull tours of ENG AUS , even if we do ,lot oif people here will remind us of our teams thirdgrade perfpormance but i was refering our erlier tours where our batters made huge score in u r place , reg 2015,that is far away before that NOV -2012 lets see who will mince meat whom, GJ-704- I always enjoy u r coments but my friend no need to keep us reminding of our last tour to u r place , i still could not understannd what went wrong to our team in those 2 desastruos tours as ours was not that a bad team the result suggest , just a while ago i have seen u r coments on SL-PAK match u r spot on , i agree u r team in UAE MADE PAK LOOK A BETTER team then they are with u r woefull batting .

  • Valavan on June 23, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    @G.narsimha, haha ofcourse one off match, India levelled the series 3 - 3 . but did they go on to take up the series? they were bowled out for 187 in 48 overs the very next game, flintoff and mascarenhas ripped the same batting lineup that chased 316. and what happened you know, England won that game to take the series with 13 overs to spare. If Indian paceman cant do anything in swinging english conditions, so look at pathetic indian bowlers who will be torn apart in 2015 WC. cricinfo please publish.

  • Valavan on June 23, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    @G.Narsimha, when you exclude all the bad tours that India played,India is a great team, baring the UAE upset, we have done much better than India in the past 3 years, mate come on, you cant win a series in Australia and SA, so just keep quite, England have won series everywhere, but INDIA, never won in Australia in Tests, never won both Tests and ODI series in SA, do that and then speak. till then enjoy ENG- AUS, we dont want blah blah india did this that here, cricinfo please publish.

  • JG2704 on June 23, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    @g.narsimha on (June 23 2012, 13:33 PM GMT) We could all do what you do and watch highlights of when our team does well. Sky regularly shows Ashes Memories highlights - a half an hour filler show where they'll show snippets from an Ashes test and it seems like they show mostly tests which Eng win whereas the truth is that between 87 and 05 Aus won every series and most of the tests. From the way you type " OUR INDIANS MADE MINCEMEAT OF UR GREAT BOLING IN U R OWN CONDITIONS " you would have thought that your guys made mincemeat of our bowling last time you toured. Maybe they just made mincemeat because they certainly weren't up to much in the cricket stakes.

  • g.narsimha on June 23, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    VALVAN-Is it that every new comer goes for SIX SIXERS in a over that too in a ICC WORLDCUP , reg INDIAN BOWLING yaa the other day i was watching the high lights of a one day match on star cricket channel played in u r own conditions during our erlier tour in which we played 7 match one day series the match i am refering is no-6 , ENG WAS LEADING THE SERIES 3-2, ENG scored 316 but could not defend that huge score in your own conditions with the same present day boling line up cosists ANDERSON, BROAD, BRESNAN & CO BUT as usual OUR INDIANS MADE MINCEMEAT OF UR GREAT BOLING IN U R OWN CONDITIONS so it is not that only IND bowling, u r bowling can also be thrashed like that these greats always strugled in sub continent .baring our last tour our greats always made mincemeat of u r bowling in u r own conditions check the stats .

  • 5wombats on June 23, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    @gaurav kapoor. Yeah - Stuart Broad remember him? The guy who put India batsman on the plane back to India for hospital treatment? The guy who was man of the series in the Tests against India last year - an award that no Indian was in the running for? Surely you haven't forgotten already? Well - it was a tour that most Indians would want to forget - so we don't blame you! Enjoy Eng v Aus. It'll be competitive - unlike what we saw last year.

  • JG2704 on June 23, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Warner on his day is up with the best batsmen in the world. The problem is that his days are few and far between. If both men are firing it should be an interesting confrontation

  • JG2704 on June 23, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    @Gaurav Kapoor on (June 23 2012, 00:11 AM GMT) Still living off that T20 from several years ago? What about what Broad and Anderson and co did to your boys in the last test series? I guess not so much L even if the ROF still comes into play.

  • gunnerr4life on June 24, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Warner should only think to do that against harbhajan , ashwin , ojha , etc . He should not even think to try switch hit against quality bowlers like swann , ajmal , etc . Any ways , it will be good to watch .

  • JG2704 on June 24, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    @g.narsimha on (June 24 2012, 06:21 AM GMT) I would say there's no real need to go on anyone elses threads and snipe/gloat etc but when Indian fans constantly do so on our threads , do you really expect Eng fans to not mention India's recent shocking away form in return? I'm sure the same would happen if/when Eng fans go on other countries threads to do the same. They will obviously get the UAE tour thrown back in their face and rightly so. Yes , I do wonder if we made Pak look even better than they are or if we improved for the 2nd SL test or if Pak played out of their skins vs Eng and are now reverting back to their inconsistency? I hope that Pak come back in this series

  • g.narsimha on June 24, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    VALVAN-We cant exlude our woefull tours of ENG AUS , even if we do ,lot oif people here will remind us of our teams thirdgrade perfpormance but i was refering our erlier tours where our batters made huge score in u r place , reg 2015,that is far away before that NOV -2012 lets see who will mince meat whom, GJ-704- I always enjoy u r coments but my friend no need to keep us reminding of our last tour to u r place , i still could not understannd what went wrong to our team in those 2 desastruos tours as ours was not that a bad team the result suggest , just a while ago i have seen u r coments on SL-PAK match u r spot on , i agree u r team in UAE MADE PAK LOOK A BETTER team then they are with u r woefull batting .

  • Valavan on June 23, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    @G.narsimha, haha ofcourse one off match, India levelled the series 3 - 3 . but did they go on to take up the series? they were bowled out for 187 in 48 overs the very next game, flintoff and mascarenhas ripped the same batting lineup that chased 316. and what happened you know, England won that game to take the series with 13 overs to spare. If Indian paceman cant do anything in swinging english conditions, so look at pathetic indian bowlers who will be torn apart in 2015 WC. cricinfo please publish.

  • Valavan on June 23, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    @G.Narsimha, when you exclude all the bad tours that India played,India is a great team, baring the UAE upset, we have done much better than India in the past 3 years, mate come on, you cant win a series in Australia and SA, so just keep quite, England have won series everywhere, but INDIA, never won in Australia in Tests, never won both Tests and ODI series in SA, do that and then speak. till then enjoy ENG- AUS, we dont want blah blah india did this that here, cricinfo please publish.

  • JG2704 on June 23, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    @g.narsimha on (June 23 2012, 13:33 PM GMT) We could all do what you do and watch highlights of when our team does well. Sky regularly shows Ashes Memories highlights - a half an hour filler show where they'll show snippets from an Ashes test and it seems like they show mostly tests which Eng win whereas the truth is that between 87 and 05 Aus won every series and most of the tests. From the way you type " OUR INDIANS MADE MINCEMEAT OF UR GREAT BOLING IN U R OWN CONDITIONS " you would have thought that your guys made mincemeat of our bowling last time you toured. Maybe they just made mincemeat because they certainly weren't up to much in the cricket stakes.

  • g.narsimha on June 23, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    VALVAN-Is it that every new comer goes for SIX SIXERS in a over that too in a ICC WORLDCUP , reg INDIAN BOWLING yaa the other day i was watching the high lights of a one day match on star cricket channel played in u r own conditions during our erlier tour in which we played 7 match one day series the match i am refering is no-6 , ENG WAS LEADING THE SERIES 3-2, ENG scored 316 but could not defend that huge score in your own conditions with the same present day boling line up cosists ANDERSON, BROAD, BRESNAN & CO BUT as usual OUR INDIANS MADE MINCEMEAT OF UR GREAT BOLING IN U R OWN CONDITIONS so it is not that only IND bowling, u r bowling can also be thrashed like that these greats always strugled in sub continent .baring our last tour our greats always made mincemeat of u r bowling in u r own conditions check the stats .

  • 5wombats on June 23, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    @gaurav kapoor. Yeah - Stuart Broad remember him? The guy who put India batsman on the plane back to India for hospital treatment? The guy who was man of the series in the Tests against India last year - an award that no Indian was in the running for? Surely you haven't forgotten already? Well - it was a tour that most Indians would want to forget - so we don't blame you! Enjoy Eng v Aus. It'll be competitive - unlike what we saw last year.

  • JG2704 on June 23, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Warner on his day is up with the best batsmen in the world. The problem is that his days are few and far between. If both men are firing it should be an interesting confrontation

  • JG2704 on June 23, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    @Gaurav Kapoor on (June 23 2012, 00:11 AM GMT) Still living off that T20 from several years ago? What about what Broad and Anderson and co did to your boys in the last test series? I guess not so much L even if the ROF still comes into play.

  • JG2704 on June 23, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    @g.narsimha on (June 22 2012, 10:21 AM GMT) You say he is no good against the top nations , then listing the averages vs Aus , SA and India. A quicker way would have been to say he is no good against the top nations and for that matter India.

  • hyclass on June 23, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    @murfa22...I watched the entire NZ innings by Warner & saw what I continue to see from him;Inside edges past the stumps & outside edges wide of slip.I believe he was very fortunate in not being dismissed.In Perth,he edged to Tendulkar at first slip who was far too deep-not unusual anywhere else but ridiculous in Perth.Dhoni made no adjustment.There was no gully after half a dozen overs & Kumar,the medium paced debutant was on in the 3rd over in the least familiar conditions he will ever face,with a very poor field.Amazingly,no changes were made for some time as Warner played himself in.Dhoni's captaincy was inexplicable,particularly given his knowledge of him in the IPL & the team of support staff who educate the players before each Test.Warner regularly cuts in the air,looks vulnerable to length bowling & shorter balls bowled from around the wicket & as another perceptive blogger has shown,the short ball around or outside leg stump.His ave has fallen as rapidly as I said it would.

  • Valavan on June 23, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    @Gauravkapoor, haha, warner will make mincemeat of indian bowlers in any conditions, mincemeat out of Anderson,Broad in English conditions, haha very funny. Stuart broad 6 sixes oh that was 5 years ago when broad just started. after that from 2010, he was very effective, do you know Marvan Atapattu, he made 5 ducks in 6 innings later he went to make many 200s. Lets see kapoor. cricinfo please publish.

  • Smithy49 on June 23, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    I don't know why Warner would say he's gonna play the switch-hit because Cook will just put a man out there and he'll play the shot wrong and hit straight to the man.

  • on June 23, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    5wombats : Jimmy, Stuart ROFL ... Weakest bowlers in the world. Warner will make a mincemeat out of them. Stuart Broad ..gave 6 sixes in 6 balls, what a shame

  • 5wombats on June 22, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    Warner V Swann ... Warner won't survive the opening overs from Jimmy and Stuart. Thus Warner v Swann is moot.

  • mdiggity on June 22, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    @hyclass, maybe you should get ya self a copy of the Aus v NZ second test Hobart 2011. Warner, batting in only his 4th test inns carried his bat in Aus second dig, scored his maiden test century(123* from 170 balls) on a green top that was still seaming on day four and on top off that he was the only bloke not to be carved up by Doug Bracewells "spell of the year" 6/40! Future STAR!!!

  • srriaj317 on June 22, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    @Tennyson: If you have a look at the replay of the game, you will find that he actually got hit on the helmet by Umesh Yadav because he was too EARLY onto the pull shot! I believe that hit actually gave him a wake-up call to say these blokes are not 'as quick as you think' since the next 2 short balls from Yadav were put to the boundary. Warner has a strong pull shot and his weakness is more against spin.

  • hhillbumper on June 22, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    David Warner a legend in his own IPL career.Well good luck with a pitch that does something.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 22, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Well I just hope he likes getting out LBW a lot, 'cause that's all that's gonna happen against Swann et al. if he tries to be cocky!

  • Valavan on June 22, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    @g.narsimha and rahulcricket999, haha once more be ready to bite dust, this time RandyOz is with you along to taste the dust, We will play to our strengths and sink the aussies in our backyard, cricinfo please publish

  • landl47 on June 22, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Warner's got a bit of the job done- he's talked the talk. Mind you, I could do that bit.

  • Tigg on June 22, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Lets see who switch-hits who first. Swann to Warner or Warner to Swann...

  • rahulcricket007 on June 22, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    I , CHEERING FOR WARNIE IN THIS . WOULD DEFINITELY LIKE TO SEE SWANN GETS THRASHED OUT OF THE PARK .

  • Percy_Fender on June 22, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    I am a bit uncertain about Warner being weak against the short stuff. I remember he got hit by a Umesh Yadav short ball at 148 kmph. He just went berserk after that and hit Yadav for two sixes and two fours after that in that over. It could have been a show that he is up for a short ptched barrage consciously or it could have been scared counterattack. But to me he did look uncomfortable with the short ball pitched outside leg going to his ribcage. Not if it pitched outside off. Swann should get his measure because he does'nt get rattled by a few hits. He is a classical off spin bowler and should be more than a match for Warner.Warner seems destined to fail against the English pace attack though.

  • Yevghenny on June 22, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Warner has to get through Finn, Broad, Anderson and Bresnan first

  • Carpathian on June 22, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Well, Swann was effective on the last tour to Australia, for instance. His figures may not always look impressive from a distance, but he's been an integral part of a Test bowling until that has been successful for a few years.

    But, yeah, terrible player...

  • g.narsimha on June 22, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    RANDYOZ-Spot on ,more over he is not at all effective against top test nations, see his ave against AUS-40.13, IND-40.23, SA-31.38 among the test nation he is only effective against PAK 17 -AVE .

  • Truemans_Ghost on June 22, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    This is what we like to hear! A good brag, setting up a little sub plot. He will now either look a hero or a plonker. Swanny will be up for it.

  • Selassie-I on June 22, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Not sure we're going to oplay 2 spinners... you may have been mis-informed there Mr Warner. I'd like to see you try to pull out the switch hit on Swanny, he's an actual professional cricketer, not a groundsman... let's not also forget that Swanny pulls out the occasional switch hit himself; Flower has talked about pairing batsmen with bowlers to help coach their batting, I presume Swanny is paired with KP and was tought the switch hit, so i'm guessing he has a fair idea of how to bowl at it.

  • Bramblefly on June 22, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    @ Michaelbaker - i think that the most appropriate word for Warner is overhyped rather than over-rated. He's obviously a real talent but still has a lot of developing to do. As Yorkshire Pudding suggests, he looks suceptible to swing, seam and short stuff. India didn't have much of that; Engalnd have it by the bucket-load. It'll be interesting to see how much of Swann's bowling he gets to face.

  • YorkshirePudding on June 22, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Well he is assuming hell still be batting when Swann starts bowling, Warner looks a little suspect against the short ball, and balls that swings/seams, as we saw in the india series, so I expect Anderson, Broad and Finn will be looking to give him a test over.

  • on June 22, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    As a Protea supporter my view is that D. Warner is overrated as a batsman. What all the big hype is about I don't know. Is he a better batsman than Cook, Bell, Trott, De Villiers, J. P. Dumine, F. Du Plessis, R. Levi, D. Smith, C. Gayle, Bopara and so I can go on and on and on. Many players on the latter list, alone, has ODI averages higher than him.

  • Munkeymomo on June 22, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Ooh, great, lets see it now boy! I was really hoping other batsmen than Kev would start to play the switch hit and I wasn't aware Warner already could. Excellent.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on June 22, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    "If I get the opportunity and they're willing to put Swanny on early, I'll definitely be playing the switch-hit," To me that sounds like an answer to a direct question about whether he'd play the switch hit against Swann. I dont think many things are a surprise to cricketers these days with the technology so saying or not saying it is no big deal. Enjoyed more his dig at the England job creation scheme with Broad's sister.

  • Potatis on June 22, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    It's fine by me if he plans to do that, but why does he have to tell everyone? :) It must be mind games. It would have been better for Warner to take Swann by surprise.

  • xylo on June 22, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    Whatever happened to talking after showing us what he can do.

  • on June 22, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    I find it odd that a lot of people claim Warner is "overrated." He really hasn't been around long enough in test cricket to make any kind of judgement like that. Warner is not a player upon whom you rely to consistently come out and get runs. You rely on him to turn one or two matches in every series on its head. That's it. If he can win a test for you as he did in Perth against India and do a half-decent job the rest of the time then who cares what his average is? Don't evaluate him by the wrong criteria. Likewise, I think to be dismissive of Swann does him an injustice. Anyway, the guy is not just in the team for his bowling - he's useful as a go-down-swinging batsmen and he has a good sense of humor to go with it.

  • PHANTOM-X on June 22, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Only big talk...Swann is NOT Ravichandran Ashwin...

  • Chrisco1800Chrisco on June 22, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    Dear hyclass, With averages like that, David Warner, could captain the English Cricket Team. Then perhaps, he may receive an MBE or even a Knighthood. The reason he is so spoken about is his excitement as a player and his ability, when on-song, to destroy quality bowling attacks single handedly. Switch hits are a fantastic part of the game, anyone talented enough to play them deserves the advantage they bring. Message to bowlers - pitch it up on the stumps.

  • satish619chandar on June 22, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    Warner is a very confident guy and he need to be very careful against Swanny.. Swann is mightily effective against lefties usually.. These days, he struggles to get a rightie out but still maintains his supremacy over lefties.. Most important thing is, for Warner to stay in the crease till Swanny comes into attack.. The quality England has in seam bowling will make it very tough for him to do that.. If Warner manages to do it, it will be interesting..

  • Hammond on June 22, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    Sounds like a touch of desperation to me. Warner probably is less likely to get out playing reverse than trying to play Swanny in the orthodox manner. All that says to me is his orthodox play against Swann isn't crash hot. Interesting series ahead.

  • hyclass on June 22, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    One wonders how a player with a T20I average of 26,ODI average of 33 and Test average of 42 gets so much publicity.IMO, he is fortunate even to have the runs that he does.I find it disrespectful that he talks about highly successful opposition in the way that he does.Of course he made runs against Leicester.The team was devoid of top line players.Warner's specialty has been runs against 2nd string attacks,particularly on fast or smaller grounds and flat wickets.India's attack during the summer was as poor as it could possibly be with injury,lack of match fitness and second string bowlers populating its attack.That attack was put to the sword in England.He was gifted runs in Perth.One healthy edge around 50 failed to carry to Tendulkar at first slip,so deep was he.Dhoni didnt move to catch it,or make any adjustment to slip.He removed the gully early and had just 2 slips.Kumar the debutant bowled from the 3rd over.The field & bowling changes were a mystery even to the commentators.

  • on June 22, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    This seems fun, looking at Warner play the switch hit against Swann. He should do it to Warney and become Warner bWarne.

  • Keepa-batsman on June 22, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    Get used to that man endgland.

  • RandyOZ on June 22, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    With the dollys and half-trackers Swann has been dishing up the past year, it would be a great opportunity for Warner to attempt to bring one of the most highly overrated players in history back down to Earth. After releasing a book with less than 150 test wickets, and since then still has less than 200, you'd wonder how he is still able to hold a spot in the team. I suppose it just goes to show that the talent is virtually non-existent in England, and Gilly didn't help by ending Monty's career back in 07. I suppose that's why Dockerell is so high on their list of poaching targets.

  • on June 22, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    I would love to see Warner attempt the Switch-Hit on Swanny and then Swanny's face as he bowls him. Warner is overrated.

  • derpherp on June 22, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    looking forward to this series and some warner switch hitting lol

  • jmcilhinney on June 22, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    I'm not sure that England will play two spinners, at least in the first game, if the weather doesn't improve and give the pitches a chance to dry out. After that, if they feel like an extra spin option may provide some advantage then they may change that up. As for a story about the fact that Warner "probably might" play the switch hit against English spinners, it isn't really news because we pretty much already knew it. He's one of two players that I'm aware of who play it fairly regularly so why would he stop now?

  • BolwedNate on June 22, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    Im not a fan of the switch hit. I can acknowledge the skill and control it takes to perform the shot, but i do not see it as fair to bowlers. A bowler must tell the umpire who then tells the batsmen if they are going over or around the wicket, so i beleive a batsmen shoud not be able to switch their stance unless they give some warning just prior to the change. Or just allow bolwers to switch to either over or around without warning. I do have to admit though, it is defs an exciting shot to watch!

  • johnathonjosephs on June 22, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    This is a marvelous shot that should be allowed, but they need to incorporate a new LBW law for this shot or not allow it at all. The reason? Simple... If a person switch hits and changes his stance before the bowler bowls, he is essentially a different handed person. Thus, he is immune to LBW decisions. Nobody will take this seriously until this happens. When a bowler gets a plumb LBW, but might have "pitched outside line" depending on batsman stance. Its not fair to the bowler who "bowls outside leg stump" when the original ball would have been bowled outside off stump. Something needs to be done and quickly before players start complaining that "they have done this for so many years and why are people complaining now"

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  • johnathonjosephs on June 22, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    This is a marvelous shot that should be allowed, but they need to incorporate a new LBW law for this shot or not allow it at all. The reason? Simple... If a person switch hits and changes his stance before the bowler bowls, he is essentially a different handed person. Thus, he is immune to LBW decisions. Nobody will take this seriously until this happens. When a bowler gets a plumb LBW, but might have "pitched outside line" depending on batsman stance. Its not fair to the bowler who "bowls outside leg stump" when the original ball would have been bowled outside off stump. Something needs to be done and quickly before players start complaining that "they have done this for so many years and why are people complaining now"

  • BolwedNate on June 22, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    Im not a fan of the switch hit. I can acknowledge the skill and control it takes to perform the shot, but i do not see it as fair to bowlers. A bowler must tell the umpire who then tells the batsmen if they are going over or around the wicket, so i beleive a batsmen shoud not be able to switch their stance unless they give some warning just prior to the change. Or just allow bolwers to switch to either over or around without warning. I do have to admit though, it is defs an exciting shot to watch!

  • jmcilhinney on June 22, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    I'm not sure that England will play two spinners, at least in the first game, if the weather doesn't improve and give the pitches a chance to dry out. After that, if they feel like an extra spin option may provide some advantage then they may change that up. As for a story about the fact that Warner "probably might" play the switch hit against English spinners, it isn't really news because we pretty much already knew it. He's one of two players that I'm aware of who play it fairly regularly so why would he stop now?

  • derpherp on June 22, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    looking forward to this series and some warner switch hitting lol

  • on June 22, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    I would love to see Warner attempt the Switch-Hit on Swanny and then Swanny's face as he bowls him. Warner is overrated.

  • RandyOZ on June 22, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    With the dollys and half-trackers Swann has been dishing up the past year, it would be a great opportunity for Warner to attempt to bring one of the most highly overrated players in history back down to Earth. After releasing a book with less than 150 test wickets, and since then still has less than 200, you'd wonder how he is still able to hold a spot in the team. I suppose it just goes to show that the talent is virtually non-existent in England, and Gilly didn't help by ending Monty's career back in 07. I suppose that's why Dockerell is so high on their list of poaching targets.

  • Keepa-batsman on June 22, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    Get used to that man endgland.

  • on June 22, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    This seems fun, looking at Warner play the switch hit against Swann. He should do it to Warney and become Warner bWarne.

  • hyclass on June 22, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    One wonders how a player with a T20I average of 26,ODI average of 33 and Test average of 42 gets so much publicity.IMO, he is fortunate even to have the runs that he does.I find it disrespectful that he talks about highly successful opposition in the way that he does.Of course he made runs against Leicester.The team was devoid of top line players.Warner's specialty has been runs against 2nd string attacks,particularly on fast or smaller grounds and flat wickets.India's attack during the summer was as poor as it could possibly be with injury,lack of match fitness and second string bowlers populating its attack.That attack was put to the sword in England.He was gifted runs in Perth.One healthy edge around 50 failed to carry to Tendulkar at first slip,so deep was he.Dhoni didnt move to catch it,or make any adjustment to slip.He removed the gully early and had just 2 slips.Kumar the debutant bowled from the 3rd over.The field & bowling changes were a mystery even to the commentators.

  • Hammond on June 22, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    Sounds like a touch of desperation to me. Warner probably is less likely to get out playing reverse than trying to play Swanny in the orthodox manner. All that says to me is his orthodox play against Swann isn't crash hot. Interesting series ahead.