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England Agrees To Retain Bazball

England pledges to continue playing bazball as part of an effort to tie the South African series. In preparation for the second Test against South Africa, the team is attempting to recover. The team’s offensive approach won’t be relaxed, according to England captain Ben Stokes.

The second Test against South Africa starts on Thursday, and England’s captain, Ben Stokes, has promised that his team will play aggressively while trying to recover. At Lord’s last week, the Proteas humiliated the hosts. losing in just three days by an innings’ worth of runs. In the current best-of-three series, they are down 1-0. That was England’s first loss under the new management team of Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum, following a run of four straight victories with an aggressive strategy known as “Bazball,” characterized by attacking batting, which saw England chase down difficult fourth innings targets against New Zealand and India over the past two months.

At Lord’s, the Kagiso Rabada-led South African pace attack proved to be too much for England, who were eventually bowled for just 165 and 149 in each of their two innings. However, it is fair to claim that the “Bazball” was less to blame for the wicket-thumping than the absence of local red-ball cricket since last month’s victory over India.

Moreover, Joe Root’s unusual double mistake cost England a Test victory even though the great batsman hadn’t hit fifty in more than two years.

All-rounder Ben Stokes, who had taken over as captain after close friend and teammate Root had led his team to just one victory in 17 Tests, was not eager to change course after just one loss.


McCullum, a former captain of New Zealand, asserted that this was preferable to playing carelessly. At Lord’s, England’s lack of assertiveness was a problem.

He speculated that they might have been a little timid. “As we approach the game, we have a clear philosophy about how we want to play it.

It won’t always be successful. As we suggested at the time, you must buckle up for the journey. Even though it’s unpleasant at times, we’ll recover quickly.

However, there are legitimate reasons to be concerned about opening batsman Zak Crawley’s performance. Who is currently only averaging 16.4 over 10 Test innings this year after two more subpar efforts at Lord’s.

But England were determined to hang onto the 24-year-old Kent right-hander. Coach McCullum oddly agreed with the choice, saying, “I look at a player like Zak and his skill-set is not to be a consistent cricketer.”

In terms of bowling, England might consider bringing back Ollie Robinson in place of Matthew Potts for a seam attack that lacked penetration and sharpness at Lord’s, where South Africa firmly established their lead in the World Test Championship standings.

The Proteas reached a solid total of 326 because to a team effort led by opener Sarel Erwee, despite the fact that no Proteas batter managed a century during the match.

A batsman with evident talent is Aiden Markram. His final game average from his prior 10 Test innings was below 10.

Ryan Rickelton, who is uncapped, if Markram is benched. who is doing well for the Northamptonshire English county squad might get his Test debut.

When asked on Tuesday if England had suffered a psychological setback as a result of the Proteas’ convincing victory in the first Test matchup. Keshav Maharaj of South Africa answered, “I’d like to think so.”

“I think we know what to do and go about our business a lot better,” Maharaj said. The team is also more clearly defined in terms of roles and communication.

A pal affirms, “I think that’s been Dean’s mindset since since he took over as Test captain.”

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