Daniel Vettori, England's Ben Stokes, Brendon McCullum
Daniel Vettori, Ben Stokes, Brendon McCullum [PC: AP/Getty]

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Former New Zealand cricketer and Australia’s assistant coach Daniel Vettori was impressed by England’s record in the last few Test matches. He said that they have played well over the extended period and also spoke about the all-important ICC World Test Championship Final against India. 

Ever since Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum took charge of the England Test team, the Three Lions have looked like a completely different side. They have adopted a fearless brand of cricket, which they tout as ‘Bazball’ and have thumped the opposition both at home as well as away. 

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England have thumped New Zealand, India, South Africa, and Pakistan and are yet to lose the series under the new skipper and coach. Out of the 12 Tests they have played, they have won 10 and have literally toiled with the opposition.

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But their real Test is about to begin as Ashes 2023 is around the corner. The greatest rivalry of Test cricket will begin on 16th June in Edgbaston followed by the Lord’s Test on 28th June. The third game will be played on July 6th in Leeds whereas the last two games are slated to take place on July 19th and July 27th at Manchester and the Oval respectively. 

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Australia’s assistant coach Daniel Vettori, who has played a lot of cricket with Brendon McCullum, said that ever since he has taken the charge he has been very positive. He lauded their record in the last 12 matches. Speaking to reporters, he said: 

“Irrespective of the style they (England) are using, they’re playing winning cricket and that’s the thing everyone gravitates towards. The fact that they’ve played so well over an extended period of time has been what’s so impressive. 

“Brendon wouldn’t want to make attention about himself, but he’s got this moniker going for him now. That’s Brendan since he came out of the womb – he’s pretty positive. England keep coming and so you’ve got to anticipate that and not back off.” 

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Ashes 2023: “We’re preparing for him to be his normal self” – Daniel Vettori On England captain Ben Stokes 

England skipper Ben Stokes has been the main man behind the change in the style of their cricket. He, however, has been struggling with his fitness of late and is not able to bowl. He didn’t bowl against New Zealand in February and also was out with an injury during the IPL. 

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Daniel Vettori said that they are preparing to play against fully fit Ben Stokes as he has been an aggressive weapon with both bat and ball. He elaborated: 

“We’re preparing for him to be his normal self. He’s one of the top all-rounders in world cricket. We know how much he brings to the table as an all-rounder. It’s like Cameron Green for us, offering that balance and ability to come in and be an aggressive weapon along with his batting, which has been exceptional. Every team wants their all-rounder up and running because it makes things run so smoothly.” 

Ahead of the Ashes 2023, Australia will lock horns with India in the final of the World Test Championship. Vettori said that the game will set up well for the series against England. He explained: 

“There’s a real excitement that we have the ability to play one of the best teams in the world in such a crucial game and that should set us up well for the Ashes,”  

The ICC World Test Championship Final will take place at the Oval, England from the 7th to the 11th of June. Both India and Australia have kick-started their preparations for the final and it promises to be an exciting clash.

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