The furore that has accomapanied Kevin Pietersen’s bankhanded slapping of Scott Styris’s bowling has been incredible, with usually sane commentators jumping up and down and complaining about how it just isn’t cricket!

You have to take you hat of to KP, he slogged it further left-handed than any of the left-handers in the same game did, and caused the kind of giddiness that Ronnie O’Sullivan did when he used to switch hands to take the mickey on the snooker table.

The skill level to do this is phenomenal, and KP is probably the only bloke in world cricket that can do it, however there are loads of batsmen that also change hands to play the reverse sweep.  Also, noone suggested changing laws when Paul Nixon hit Murali for six.

Had he hit the shot for 2, or been dismissed playing it, noone would have started suggesting law changes. Richard Williams in The Guardian is suggesting changing the LBW law.

I’m not sure any law change is required, however I suppose if there had to be one to “even things up”, the only logical one would be to amend the wide rule so that if the batsman does “go lefty” he should be considered to have two “off” stumps. What was his leg stump becomes his, as a left-hander, off stump too. This would mean that the bowler could attempt to bowl wider of that stump and not be forced to bowl into the batsman’s arc.

Big up to the MCC for not being railroaded into snap decisions by the world’s press!

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