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Bruce

I doubt I'm alone in my view, but we do have a couple of rules where the difference between on and off side are important. LBW, the zone for wides and the number of men behind square on the leg side.

Once the batsman switches then those definitions get redefined to whatever benefits the fielding side the most.

Tony

Speaking of switch hitting.

When I was a kid, me and my brother would play Shield matches in the back yard, which entailed us batting through the whole line-up of whichever sides we had playing.

When a left hander was called up, we also had to bat left handed.

The thing is, I got pretty good batting the other way around, and in fact I was more correct batting left handed, probably because my dominant right hand was now my top hand.

But I had much less power batting left handed, which makes Cow Corner's monster hoik all the more amazing. Then again, I had a Grey Nick size six, not a rocket fuelled, turbocharged super clubber.

Tony

Bruce, yes I agree with that. Switch hitting is fine as long as the rules... sorry, Laws are updated to reflect the new shot.

Russ

Is Warner actually a natural left-hander? For some reason I was thinking he wasn't - that that is his natural slogging side. CI lists him as a leg-break bowler, but that is a bit vague. Has arms like Sammy Stosur though, so either hand is going to go a long way.

Tony

Good point. He's a right hand bowler, is he not? That could well mean he's a natural righty with all the natural strength that entails.

Russ

Have no issue with the switch hit incidentally. The lbw law becomes generous on both sides, so don't know why bowlers don't just aim wide on what was the off-side. Field is set for it, batsman needs to use feet (unlikely after switching), decent chance of a stumping if you fire it in. Ashwin basically plopped it in the slot. Not optimal.

Big Ramifications

I like switch hitting coz switch hitter is slang for a bisexual man.

Heh heh. Dave Warner is a switch hitter.

I'm laughing already.

Tony

Chuckle, choke, chicken.

The Don has Risen

A bowler is not allowed to change arms when bowling yet a batsman can his.

cricket has always been , will always be a batsman's game

Hangover Black

Rock all going for it?

Haddin's imminent demise is far from rock all. And lest I be chastised for wishing ill upon an Australian player, this is my response:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-australia-2011/engine/match/514029.html

Tony

Haddin is not gone yet. Don't count your chickens before they cross the road.

The Don has Risen

from an Umpiring point of view the batsman is a left-hander so an appeal for LBW will be viewed in that way.

Thus if Warner missed he may well have been close to LBW.

KP hit a six in England doing this.

Hangover Black

Haddin is not gone yet, but he is inhabiting territory not dissimilar to that of Ian Healy after the 1999 tour of Zimbabwe.

The Don has Risen

Haddin is heading for Paine

2BarRiff

Speaking of heading for pain: http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-v-england-2012/engine/current/match/531630.html

Professor Rosseforp

I think the batsman should be able to switch hit 15% to the opposing side from his stance -- every batsman does it anyway, and every batsman always has.

Tony

The batsman changing stance is an optical illusion.

Professor Rosseforp

And his bat was congenitally bent, anyway

Tony

Tim Blair: Keep the Switch on the Pitch.

Tony

This morning on Offsiders Gideon Haigh made a parallel between the 15 degree law and the switch hit. AGB - ahead of the curve, as usual.

m0nty

I can tell you who would have been uncontrollably excited at flicking the switch: Spanky Roebuck. Then again, he gets excited over the switch for different reasons than most.

Yogi Berra

Boy, I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.

Tony

Almost Yogi: "When you come to a fork in the road, knife it."

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