Ian Chappell doesn’t like it but Glenn Maxwell says his switch-hitting isn’t outside the laws of the game and part of the evolution cricket needs.
Swashbuckling Aussie batsman Glenn Maxwell has hit back at his switch-hit haters, declaring it’s “in the laws of the game”.
Maxwell swatted one of the most audacious switch-hits in history in Canberra on Wednesday night with a 100m six that had some of the game’s best ever batsmen wondering if it was the biggest backwards shot ever hit.
But former Test captain Ian Chappell went the other way and labelled the innovation – where batters switch from a right-handed stance to left-handed (or vice versa) just as bowlers are delivering the ball – as giving an unfair advantage to batters.
“It is very skilful, some of it’s amazingly skilful – but it’s not fair,” Chappell said.
Shane Warne sided with Chappell, arguing that although the shot was entertaining, it gave the batter an unfair advantage.
“As a bowler, we have to nominate what hand we’re bowling with and what side of the wicket we’re bowling with,” Warne said during Fox Cricket’s coverage.
“I’m not sure I like it. It’s worth a discussion, worth a debate to work out what’s the right thing.”
But Maxwell, who belted 59 from 38 deliveries, including his huge switch-hit in Australia’s 13-run loss to India, was having none of that criticism.
He said it was part of the “innovation” of modern-day cricket.
“It‘s within the laws of the game,“ Maxwell noted on Wednesday night after his innings.
“I think batting has evolved in such a way that it‘s just got better and better over the years which is why we’re seeing these massive scores getting chased down and scores are going up.
“I suppose it‘s up to the bowlers to try and combat that, and the skills of bowlers are being tested every day.
“They‘re having to come up with different change-ups and different ways to stop batters and with the way they shut down one side of the ground and whatnot.
“I suppose the way that batting is evolving, I think bowling has got to evolve to the same stage, so you see guys come up with knuckle balls and wide-yorker fields and different tactics.
“The tactics of one-day cricket have definitely evolved over the last little bit as well, so I just see it as a different part of the evolution of the game.”
Maxwell is probably one of only a handful of people in the world who could have played the shot at Manuka Oval on Wednesday night.
“It probably helped it was with a pretty decent wind,” he said.
“I wasn‘t too worried about the boundary rider there and just thought if I got it up in the air it was going to travel.
“But I got it pretty clean, and lucky enough, it went over the rope.”
Despite being lauded for his shot by most, Maxwell was disappointed he couldn’t get Australia home.
He said the run out of Alex Carey, with 93 still required, was the “turning point”, and he took responsibility for that.
“I thought the changing point was probably the run out with Carey, which was probably 100 per cent my fault,” Maxwell said.
“I think we were six down at that stage, so it makes it a little bit tougher because you know one mistake and it can all turn around pretty quickly.
“That was probably a key moment in the game that I probably stuffed up.
“Having said that, I probably should have iced that game from there.”