Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell defends his signature ‘switch-hit’ which was criticised by Ian Chappell. Ian expressed his reservation about the shot and called it ‘unfair’ while speaking to Wide World of Sports.
Maxwell who always struggles to make consistent performance makes a massive comeback in the ODI series against India.
Maxwell replies Ian Chappell in style
Glenn Maxwell defended his signature shot and said that the shot is very much within the rules of the game.
“It is within the laws of the game. Batting has evolved in such a way, that it has got better and better over the years, which is why we see these massive scores are getting chased down and the scores are going up,” Maxwell said when asked about Chappell’s comments after the ODI series which Australia won 2-1.
Maxwell perfectly executed the ‘switch-hit’ shot during the series against India. The Aussie urged the bowlers to come up with a plan to combat it. “And I suppose it is up-to-the bowlers to try and combat that,” he said.
“I suppose the skills of bowlers have been tested every day with bowlers having to come up with different change-ups, different ways to stop batters.”
Former Aussie spinner Shane Warne supported Chappell’s thought about the switch hit, saying it gives the batsmen an ‘unfair advantage’.
But the all-rounder responded by saying: “We see guys come up with knuckle-balls and wide yorker fields and different tactics. And the tactics of ODI cricket have definitely evolved, so I just see it (switch hit) as a different part of the evolution of the game.”
However, Maxwell too played an important role in winning the ODI series against India. In 3 match ODI series Australia won the first two ODI with a massive difference and bags the ODI trophy.
After the ODI series, India and Australia lock their horns to play the 3 T20I and 4 Test matches series. Rohit Sharma has confirmed to make his comeback in the Test series against Australia. While Indian skipper Virat Kohli is expected to leave Australia after the 1 st Test match to attend their first childbirth.