Oz will not attempt switch-hitting against Windies: Ponting

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Bridgetown, Jun 20 (UNI) Despite being impressed by Kevin Pietersen's spectacular switch-hitting, Australia captain Ricky Ponting does not expect his batsmen to attempt such unconventional tricks during the first Twenty20 international to be staged in the Caribbean here today.

''It's probably something historically that we haven't been that good at, improvising that much as a batting group,'' Ponting said.

''We've managed with our own skill to be able to hit different areas. We are probably more deflectors when we reverse sweep rather than six hitters,'' he added.

Ponting, however, insisted that Australian batsmen are also capable of alternate-handed shots and have tried them out during practice.

''There's no reason why any of our players can't do that. A few of us muck around with doing it in the nets, and Symo (Andrew Symonds) sort of uses the back of the bat when he plays his,'' he stated.

The Aussie skipper was uncertain of the legality of Pietersen's improvised strokes and how they would affect wides, lbw decisions and the no-ball rule regarding three fieldsmen behind square-leg.

''I'm not sure how they're really going to govern that. It's obviously a great skill, if he's hitting a couple of sixes doing it.

Once again, it's just something that will be inside the bowler's mind all the time,'' Ponting said.

''The bowler running in won't know which way he's going to hit it.

It just puts more pressure on the bowler, and as a batter in one-day cricket that's what you're trying to do.'' UNI XC AB PM1235

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