Mark Boucher
Mark Boucher (Image Credit: Twitter)

South Africa’s head coach, Mark Boucher, feels that other teams may want to emulate England’s new ultra-attacking approach after witnessing their success under Brendon McCullum, but he cautions that ‘Bazball’ may only work in favourable batting circumstances.

England have pursued fourth-innings objectives of more than 250 in each of their first four Tests since McCullum’s appointment, and have scored at 4.6 runs per over this summer, putting New Zealand and India’s bowlers under sustained strain.

Quinton de Kock, Mark Boucher
Quinton de Kock, Mark Boucher. (Photo: Twitter)

It Is An Advantage To Us That We Have Seen How England Is Playing Currently: Mark Boucher

“It’s probably the way that red-ball cricket is going,” Boucher said. “If you look at the introduction of T20 cricket, the run rates have increased in red-ball cricket. There are going to be times when the conditions don’t allow you to play that way but if the conditions allow you to play that way, I’m sure that you’re going to see batting line-ups try and put bowlers under pressure.

Mark Boucher
Mark Boucher (Image Credit: Twitter)

“The conditions have allowed England to play that way. That’s just about being smart and assessing conditions on the day. If you see a moment to really put the hammer down, we’ve seen how it can pay off, as England have shown us. I do think Test cricket is going that way,” Espncricinfo reported Mark Boucher saying.

Due to good batting pitches and a batch of Dukes balls that have gone soft extremely rapidly, bowlers have little lateral movement after the first 20 overs of any given innings, this has immensely helped England in particular who have utilised the match conditions fully.

“It’s probably a little bit of an advantage to us in a way to have seen and we can expect them to come out and play the same brand of cricket that they are playing. A couple of things you need to understand is that you need to have the right players in your team to be able to do that, and the conditions need to be favourable as well.”

The Test series between England and South Africa starts from August 17.

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