Ian Chappell calls for ban on Glenn Maxwell’s ‘switch hit’, terms it annoying

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After having a bad season in the Indian Premier League 2020 in Dubai, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has returned in his zone and he is currently enjoying a sublime form in the ongoing ODI series against India. He has already shown his swashbuckling form in the first two games, amassing 110 runs which also included two half-centuries.

Maxwell has provided more stability in the middle-order and while doing so, he has smashed a few of his trademark switch hits to punish the Indian bowlers. However, former Australian batsman, Ian Chappell didn’t like his shots and said that switch-hitting is unfair to the bowler and the fielding team and even asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ban them as well.

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During a recent conversation with Wide World of Sports, Chappell said that it’s not only annoying but extremely unfair also when a batsman becomes opposite-handed’ and started punishing the opponents.

“The Australian batting has been exceptional. They’ve made it look pretty easy … particularly Smith and Maxwell, some of the shots he plays are hard to believe. [Switch-hitting] is very skillful, some of its amazingly skillful – but it’s not fair,” Chappell was quoted as saying.

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“How can one side of the game, i.e. the bowlers, they have to tell the umpire how they’re going to bowl. And yet the batsman, he lines up as a right-hander – I’m the fielding captain, I place the field for the right-hander – and before the ball’s been delivered, the batsman becomes a left-hander,” Ian Chappell further shared. “If he’s good enough to do it by excellent footwork or whatever other means he can devise, I don’t have a problem with it. But when it’s blatantly unfair, it annoys the hell out of me.”

“It’s very simple. Maxwell hit a couple of [switch-hit] shots and Warner did [Sunday] night. All you’ve got to say is that if the batsman changes the order of his hands or his feet [as the bowler runs in], then it’s an illegal shot,” he concluded.

However, India have lost the three-match ODI series to mighty Australia by 2-0 with one game to spare. Third ODI will take place on December 2.

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