Warner’s switch-hit can become popular in Tests: Hussey

February 2nd, 2012 - 6:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne, Feb 2 (IANS) Australia’s Twenty20 specialist David Hussey feels that his team mate David Warner’s switch-hit is a phenomenon that could become a prominent Test cricket shot.

Th left-handed Warner switched to batting right-handed mid-delivery Wednesday against India at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium and hit a massive six off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

Though there are concerns that the switch-hit is unfair to bowlers, Hussey said it’s great for the game and could become prominent in Test cricket in the future.

“It’s phenomenal. He’s a fantastic talent and, hopefully, he continues doing it. A 100-metre six, batting right-handed - it’s great for the crowd to watch. It’s innovative. Dave’s a very classy player,” Hussey was quoted as saying by Herald Sun.

“He can bat right-handed, left-handed. It’s just a new invention of T20 cricket. It definitely should be allowed. There’s no reason why you can’t do it in cricket,” he said.

Hussey, however, admitted that he gets frustrated as a bowler during training sessions when Warner does the same thing to his bowling.

“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.”

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), custodian of the laws of the game, said the shot is legitimate and exciting for cricket.

“The stroke conforms to the laws of cricket and will not be legislated against,” the MCC said in a statement.

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