Innovative batsmen are constantly messing about with tried and tested batting formulas. It's all in the name of getting the advantage in their quest for fast, big innings.
Matthew Hayden and Kevin Pietersen are both batsmen who are innovating in this way: Coming down the pitch to seamers in order to disrupt their line and upset their rhythm.
I'm all for constantly working on new aspects, but as club cricket goes I would hesitate to coach this method to anyone.
Club batsmen have less timing, experience and talent than internationals and our range of shots to work from is much less. The shot is premeditated and requires excellent balance, coordination and reactions to get into the right position quickly.
That makes it too risky for most club players. In commentator talk, it's a low percentage shot.
A better alternative would be to simply stand further out of your crease than normal. That way you can retain your stable base, play the shots you are strong at and still put the bowler off.
Of course, you may have the confidence and physical aspects to move down the pitch. Everyone is different and I would never rule out anything for any player.
If you want to increase your range of shot and run scoring ability ask yourself if it would be better to work on more traditional shots to add them to your repertoire first.
If the answer is yes then get confident with the basics first, then get innovative.© Copyright miSport Holdings Ltd 2008