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“I Think Switch Hit Should Be Banned Completely” – Scott Styris

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Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell attempts to play a switch hit against India. Photo: Twitter

Former New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris feels that switch hit needs to be banned from the sport. The switch hit has always been a great topic of debate between the batters and the bowlers. It allows the batters to nullify the field placement by changing their batting style. Recently, Team India cricketer, Ravichandran Ashwin also shared a suggestion on batters playing switch-hit.

In a video on Youtube, Ashwin expressed that the batters should be adjudged LBW if they try playing the switch hit and miss the ball. He added that this rule could contribute to leveling the field for the batters and the bowlers in modern cricket. Ravichandran Ashwin said,

“Let batters play the switch hit, but give us LBW when they miss. How can you say it is not LBW when the batter turns? If they start giving that out in all formats of the game, some parity could be retained between bowling and batting.”

After Ravichandran Ashwin, former New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris has also shared his take on the hot topic. He expressed that the shot should be banned from the sport. Scott stated that he loved Ashwin’s points, but disagrees with the solution. Speaking on Sports18, he said as quoted by the Times Now,

“I actually think even though we just had some fun with the switch hit, I think the switch hit should be banned completely. Well, I sort of gotta go back half a step here. I loved a lot of the points that Ashwin made. I completely disagreed with all his solutions. There are rules for captains and bowlers in terms of where their fieldsmen can be, how many behind point, how many on the leg side, all of these things.”

It allows a fair contest between the bowler and the batsman as well: Scott Styris

Former New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris feels that the batters should not be allowed to change their hands and feet during the delivery. Further elaborating on his thoughts, he expressed that banning the switch hit will allow a fair contest between bowlers and the batters. Scott Styris said,

“So, I don’t think a batsman should be able to change his hands over. And I don’t believe he should be able to change his feet. You can play the reverse sweep or the reverse hit if you like but I don’t like this. In terms of the hands, Kevin Pietersen has completely flipped around as a lefthander. If you take away the switch hit, allow all the reverse sweeps and reverse hits. Then I think you don’t have to worry about the LBW law that Ashwin is talking about. And it allows a fair contest between the bowler and the batsman as well.”


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