South Africa National Cricket Team are set to lock horns with England National Cricket Team in the three-match Test series, beginning on August 17 at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground, London. Ahead of the series, the Proteas head coach Mark Boucher was asked how will his side counter England’s ‘Bazball’.
Bazball is a term that has become a hot topic of discussion since former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum’s appointment as England’s Test coach. Bazball is actually a term coined by England, which 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.
The Bazball approach has been beneficial for the England Test team as they recently defeated World Test Champions New Zealand by 3-0 and in the rescheduled Test against India, they chased down 378 runs in the 4th innings, which is England’s highest successful run-chase in the history of Test cricket.
When asked how will Proteas counter ‘Bazball’ after India and New Zealand failed, Mark Boucher said that he is unsure about it and will let everyone know on the match day.
“I don’t know, I’ll tell you on the day. We’ve got to be adaptable in test cricket. It’s just about finding a way to try and stop their momentum and maybe change it,” he told a news conference on Monday.
We believe we’ve been playing a nice brand of cricket – Mark Boucher
Mark Boucher further said that the South Africa National Cricket Team are aiming to play smart cricket in the series against England to come out on top.
“We believe we’ve been playing a nice brand of cricket and played some tight series recently where we have come out on top. We want to be smart, play aggressive cricket but you’ve got to be smart with that as well.,” he said.
“The bottom line is this game is between bat and ball and we’ve got to make smart decisions at certain times of the game, and we are focused on trying to do that. England will probably do the same, they have their brand they want to play. We’ve just got to try and match it on the day and try find ways to negate it.”
The 27-year-old Kagiso Rabada injured ligaments in his left ankle during the T20I series against England and as a result, he got ruled out of the third T20I against England and the two-match T20I series against Ireland. Boucher is hopeful of the star pacer becoming fully fit for the Test series.
“The one concern will be the load on his body and he will have a final test today,” he said.
“I’m hoping he’ll pull through, because he’s a massive player for us. For him to be part of the final XI will be very special for us.”
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