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Cricket: Pietersen pledges to carry on changing after MCC clearance.

KEVIN Pietersen believes innovation - as demonstrated by his switch-hitting exploits - keeps the game enjoyable for spectators and players alike.

The MCC, cricket's law-makers, agreed yesterday to legitimise the shot which Pietersen spectacularly showcased to the world when he swapped from right-handed to left-handed to smash two sixes in Sunday's one-day international victory over New Zealand.

"I'm very pleased by the MCC's decision and I think it's the right one not just for me or England but the game as a whole," Pietersen said ahead of today's second one-dayer at Edgbaston.

"It's important that we as players are innovative and if this shot helps make cricket more exciting and entertaining for spectators then that has to be good for the sport."

New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris, who bore the brunt of those two amazing shots, was in agreement.

"Sometimes you've just got to take your hat off and say 'well played Kevin'," he said.

"We all admire good cricket and that's exactly what it was. I don't view it in any other light - I don't believe it's against the spirit of the game and take my hat off to him and say nice shot.

"It crossed my mind to try it when I was out there.

There's a lot of innovation coming into the game and Kevin has taken it another step further.

"All it has done now is make me go back and rethink and, if the time comes again in that situation, I know I need to get better and come up with a new tactic."

Yesterday's MCC meeting resolved that the shot was "exciting for the game of cricket".
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 18, 2008
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