The MCC are due to consider the legality of Kevin Pietersen's remarkable switch-hitting sixes against New Zealand. Looks like it was already on the agenda, but batsmen switching stance and grip will now be considered seriously:
Unlike bowlers, a batsman does not have to notify the umpires and bowler if they opt to reverse their batting style.
However, the shot raises a number of questions for umpires, including the lbw and leg-side no-ball laws.
But despite the controversy, Pietersen believed he has broken new ground with his stroke.
The first six flew over deep square leg boundary (for a left-hander) at
Chester-le-Street, while the second bore more of a resemblence to a
Marcus Trescothick slog sweep over the ropes at long-on.
"Reverse sweeps have been part of the game for however long, I am just
fortunate that I can hit it a bit further," Pietersen said.
And the new challenge system for out decisions will be trialled during India's tour of Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, Sledgehammer argues that Twenty20 and ODIs augment Test cricket not push it aside:
Test cricket survived the onslaught of ODIs and Kerry Packer. In fact,
it flourished once ICC and cricket boards made ODI cricket a victim of
overplay and greed (roughly mid-90s and beyond). And Test cricket
actually benefited from ODIs - players picked up the pace, and teams
wanted positive results.
Will dreams of a West Indies victory against Australia. At lunch on the last day they are 316 for 5... And in Chennai, the DMK party have switched up in their own way, organising a Ten10 "Karunanidhi Gold Cup" with over a thousand teams playing.