'Do It But Be Bloody Good At It'- Justin Langer Weighs In On The Switch-Hit Debate

‘Do It But Be Bloody Good At It’- Justin Langer Weighs In On The Switch-Hit Debate

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell (Credits: Twitter)

Former Australian Test opener and its current head coach Justin Langer was recently asked about his views on the ‘Switch Hit’ and he jokingly said ‘Don’t listen to Ian Chappell‘.

Glenn Maxwell’s brilliant execution of the ‘Switch Hit’ during the white-ball Internationals against India has once again brought the debate around whether the innovation is fair or not.

Former Australian captain Ian Chappell had come down hard on the ‘Switch Hit’ where he said that the move should be out-lawed.

Justin Langer, Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell (Credits: Twitter)

Chappell’s views are that since the bowler has to inform the umpire before changing his end, the batsman should also not be allowed to change his stance during the delivery.

But Justin Langer believes that the innovation is a part of the modern-game besides heaping high praise on Glenn Maxwell for mastering the stroke.

”I went down to my brother’s place a few weeks ago, and for the first time, he’s coaching. He’s coaching his 10-year-old son Noah.” Justin Langer recalled.

“And they’re down there at training and Noah’s reverse-sweeping and switch-hitting, and he’s saying, ‘You can’t do that’, and I say, ‘What do you mean you can’t do that?’ That’s what they do now, and it’s great.” he added.

“Tell him – because if you get out doing it you look like a clown – do it but get bloody good at it because if you don’t, everyone’s going to jump over you. It’s part of the modern game, particularly in T20 cricket,” Langer added.

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