Aussie limited overs star Glenn Maxwell has responded to controversy over his remarkable switch-hitting against India.
The crafty all-rounder has combined power with creativity to hit dominate with the bat in the three-match ODI series.
But some of his tactics haven’t been sitting well with ex-Test captain Ian Chappell, who’s labelled them unfair and called for lawmakers to eradicate the tactic.
Chappell believes switch-hitting – changing your stance from left to right or vice versa as the bowler completes his run-up – is an unfair advantage given bowling sides cannot defend against a late adjustment.
“I’d love the administrators who made those laws, I’d love them to explain to me how that’s fair,” Chappell said.
However after once again starring with the bat, scoring 59 in Australia’s third ODI loss against India, Maxwell fired back at the criticism.
The Victorian said it was up to bowlers to innovate and work out how to combat the tactic.
“It is within the laws of the game,” Maxwell said on Wednesday night.
“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.
“I suppose it is up to the bowlers to try and combat that.
“The skills of bowlers have been tested everyday with bowlers having to come up with different change-ups, different ways to stop batters and the way they shut down one side of the ground.
“I suppose the way the batting is evolving; I think the bowling should try and evolve.”
Maxwell received high-profile support from wicketkeeping great Ian Healy during the week, who says he’s arguing against the wrong rule.
Healy believes bowlers should be forced to step up their game – with added help from administrators on wide balls.
“I think switching hands is a bit interesting, you’re turning yourself into a different batsman,” he said on SEN radio, noting only the best manage switch-hitting well.
“But switching your body position, go for it. I think now bowlers have got to be a little bit better, they’ve got to be really aware.
“Last-minute changes for the bowlers, (they) aren’t that great at the moment, they’ll get better at that.
“But it is tricky, it’s very tricky. The bowlers can’t run to the other side of the wicket, that’s what Chappelli’s saying … but the batsman can do what he likes.
“Another advantage to the batsman. But gee, you have to be good.
“Let the batters do it, not many are doing it extremely well, but the one’s that do are incredible entertainers. The bowlers just might have to get better.
“They’ll have to spear something wide of the right side … I think we can have a little bit more leniency down the leg side. The bowlers are channelled into a corridor that they have to put the ball.
“Maybe we can widen that out. If (batsmen) swap sides where they’re going to hit because the field is up on one side of the ground, the bowler might need a little bit more leniency when (batsmen) change position.”