KP delighted with decision
Kevin Pietersen says the MCC's decision to back his switch-hitting shot is a victory for the game of cricket.
Last Updated: 17/06/08 5:18pm
Kevin Pietersen was delighted with the MCC's decision that his new 'switch-hitting' left-handed shot was totally legal - saying that it was good for the game.
Pietersen launched two left-handed shots high into the Riverside crowd off Scott Styris' bowling during his explosive century in the first ODI at Durham.
His innings helped England to a fine victory but it also sparked a huge debate on the legality of his shots, as he switches his grip and his stance to become left-handed.
Although many batsmen hit the reverse sweep, the switch-hit takes it a step further and the ICC asked the MCC to look into whether it contravened any of the game's laws.
Although there will be further investigations into the impact on the laws on lbw and wides, the MCC gave the all-clear to the switch-hit.
Pietersen was delighted with the news and he says the decision is the best one for cricket as his new shot just adds to the excitement.
"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," said Pietersen.
"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.
"I don't agree with the argument that it is unfair on the bowlers.
"It's an extremely high risk shot and there will be plenty of bowlers out there who will think that it gives them a great opportunity to get me out.
"But overall I'm glad that MCC have recognised that cricket is always evolving and that this particular shot brings something special to the game.
"I've spent many hours in the nets working on it and I'm pleased that all the hard work is not going to go to waste."
Black Cap backing
The Black Caps have largely backed Pietersen's efforts - even bowler Styris who saw two of his deliveries smashed over the boundary from the left-handed England batsman.
Styris praised Pietersen's shot and said he even thought about having a go during his own innings but thought better of it.
"There's nothing wrong with what he's doing," Styris said.
"As a bowler you have to think on your feet but it's nothing different to a guy coming down the wicket at you.
"Sometimes you just have to take your hat off and say 'well played'. We all admire good cricket and I think that is what it was.
"It crossed my mind briefly when I was out there (batting) to play it but if I would have got out it would have been a double blow."