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DODGY BATTING TACTIC OR STROKE OF GENIUS?

Byline: TOM GODDARD

THE "switch-hit" was first used by Kevin Pietersen against New Zealand in 2008.

The technique has since become a controversial part of the modern game, requiring the batsman to switch from a right-handed stance to a left-handed one just as the ball is delivered.

The latest directive prevents the batsman from altering his grip or stance before the bowler enters his delivery stride.

Should the bowler spot a batsman changing his approach, he can decide not to bowl the ball.

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WARNING SHOTThe umpire lays down law CLEAN SWEEPPietersen gambles on his grip TAKE COVER Switch-hitter KP rattles keeper
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 6, 2012
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