Cricket switch-hit must stay, says Hussey
Australian Twenty20 allrounder David Hussey concedes switch-hitting frustrates him as a bowler. But Hussey says he doesn’t want it outlawed as it’s the type of innovation that is attracting huge audiences to the new format.
AUSTRALIAN Twenty20 allrounder David Hussey concedes switch-hitting frustrates him as a bowler.
But Hussey says he doesn’t want it outlawed as it’s the type of innovation that is attracting huge audiences to the new format.
Hussey’s team-mate David Warner switched to batting right-handed mid-delivery on Wednesday night during Australia’s comfortable 31-run win over India at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium and hit a huge six to the delight of a crowd of almost 60,000 (watch the video below).
“It’s phenomenal. He’s a fantastic talent and hopefully he continues doing it,” Hussey said on Thursday.
“A 100-metre six, batting right-handed, it’s great for the crowd to watch.
“He can bat right-handed, left-handed. It’s just a new invention of T20 cricket.
“It definitely should be allowed.”
Australia host the second and final game of the series at the MCG on Friday, with officials hoping for a crowd of more than 70,000.
Hussey compared Warner’s switch-hitting to baseball, in another sign that T20 is quickly becoming the American version of cricket.
“You see it in baseball, there’s people who bat both sides of the plate,” Hussey said.
“So there’s no reason why you can’t do it in cricket.
“Hopefully a few of the younger kids coming through can work at those skills.”
Hussey admits he gets irritated during training sessions when Warner tries the stunt.
“Dave does it to me in the nets all the time it frustrated me so I beamed him, I tried to hit him in the head,” Hussey said.
“It didn’t go down very well so we had a bit of a falling out for a couple of moments.”
While Hussey hails Warner as a pioneer of the stroke, England right-hander Kevin Pietersen hit two sixes with left-handed swipes in a one-day game against New Zealand in 2008.
The Marylebone Cricket Club deemed the shot exciting for cricket and said it would not legislate against it.
Pietersen said in 2008 the switch-hit was an extremely high-risk shot and he didn’t agree that it was unfair for bowlers.
Hussey said however he couldn’t see how bowlers should be allowed to switch from right-arm to left-arm.
“You can’t change halfway through,” he said.
“It’s not in the rules. It’s too hard (for batsmen) as it is.”
Meanwhile Hussey said wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade, who smashed 72 off 43 balls on Wednesday, was doing everything right in his bid to win Test selection.
“He’s a couple of big innings away from hopefully cementing a Test spot perhaps,” Hussey said.
Hussey, who claimed 2-4 and scored 42, said he was impressed by India’s bowling and fielding efforts.
“(But) our bowling and fielding trumped theirs. We were lucky enough to get a few early wickets and took the game away from the Indians right from the start,” Hussey said.
“They’re a very very formidable line-up and I expect them to come out firing tomorrow night.” - AAP
Watch David Warner’s incredible switch-hit six against India: