Australia star Steve Smith has shared his views on the England Test team’s new “Bazball” approach, under their new head coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes.
The term “Bazball” has become a talk of the town since former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has been appointed as England’s Test coach. Notably, this term points to the aggressive and entertaining brand of cricket that the England National Cricket Team are aimed at playing in the purest format of the game in their new era.
On Wednesday, star Australia National Cricket Team batter Smith said that the new approach of the England Test team is entertaining to watch.
“I’ve watched a little bit of it, it’s certainly been entertaining, they’re coming out playing their shots,” Smith said ahead of Australia’s second Test against Sri Lanka starting Friday.
“Even someone like Alex Lees started to come down the wicket when he was on nothing really to play the way he played (against India),” he told reporters.
Smith also questioned whether England will continue the same approach when they play against Australia’s pace trio of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins with some grass on the surface. The 33-year-old added that he was “intrigued to see how long it lasts if it’s sustainable.”
“If you come on a wicket that’s got some grass and Josh Hazlewood, (Pat) Cummins and (Mitchell) Starc are rolling in at you. Is it going to be the same? We’ll see what happens.”
He’s a quality player – Steve Smith on Joe Root
Smith also heaped praise on former England captain Joe Root, who recently surpassed Kohli and Smith, to become the first player amongst fab-4 to reach the 28 Test centuries milestone. He said that Root is a quality player and he is tough to get out.
“He’s a quality player and looks like he’s pretty tough to get out at the moment,” Smith said of the prolific run-getter.
Smith also talked about the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka.
“We went at a good pace in the first Test. If you were sitting there not playing your shots or looking to score, you were probably going to get out eventually. So it was get them before they get us,” Smith said.
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