England coach Brendon McCullum (Image Credits: Twitter)
England coach Brendon McCullum (Image Credits: Twitter)

Brendon McCullum has urged England to push the boundaries of their new attacking strategy and believes county cricketers would try to imitate the Test cricketers’ performance in their 3-0 series victory over New Zealand.

In McCullum’s debut series as the Test team’s head coach, England successfully completed three back-to-back run chases, securing a decisive seven-wicket victory at Headingley.

Similar to Trent Bridge in the second Test, where 299 was easily chased in 50 overs, victory came in a flurry on the final day, sealed by Joe Root (86 not out) and Jonny Bairstow (71 not out), in a 111-run stand that spanned 14.3 overs and ultimately helped to achieve a target of 296 in less than two sessions.

Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow PC- Twitter

We Want To Take Our Approach Too Far: Brendon McCullum On Sustaining The Same Attacking Mode

English cricket observers are speculating as to how much longer the team can maintain this run and even this style of play, but McCullum is of the opinion that they will only reach their boundaries if they keep pushing themselves to be better and better.

“I hope we take it too far because then we’ll know exactly where that line is. Until you do that, you’re not really sure. We’ve seen it with the England white-ball stuff – there have been times where they’ve probably pushed too hard, and then they know. I think it’ll be the same with us, and we’ve got to keep exploring what that line is.”

Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. PC- Getty
Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. PC- Getty

The head coach further said this attacking option is not only for batting, “It’s not just about batting either, If you look at how we’ve fielded and how we’ve bowled as well, some of the field placements that the skippers had in place and the mentality the guys have had is also constantly to try and chase wickets.

Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell
Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell

“Even yesterday [Sunday] when there was a partnership established between Mitchell and Blundell, maybe in the past at times there might have been a slight unease about the total that was building up.

“But we kept attacking, the fields were very attacking right throughout, the bowlers kept trying to bowl towards modes of dismissal and to me, that’s just part and parcel with how this team wants to play,” Espncricinfo reported McCullum as saying.

England will be up against India starting the 1st of July.

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