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England have adopted a more positive and aggressive style of play that has been called “Bazball” under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum, which has resulted in some brilliant wins in home and away conditions. Australia captain Pat Cummins praised England’s aggressive approach to ‘Bazball,’ saying it was impressive ahead of the Ashes series this year.
English all-rounder Ben Stokes was named captain, while Brendon McCullum took over as red-ball coach last summer, following their poor performances. The English team have won 10 out of 12 Tests under their leadership, including a 3-0 whitewash against Pakistan in away conditions and their first win in the longer format of the game in New Zealand since 2008.
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They’ve Really Stuck To Their Method – Pat Cummins
Speaking to Fox Sports, Pat Cummins said England have found a way to play a different style and stick to it regardless of the conditions, which gives them the best chance of winning in the longer format of the game. Cummins said Australia will stick to their own style of play during the Ashes series, which has been successful for the past 18 months, rather than looking at the opposition.
“They’ve really stuck to their method and are willing to live and die by that method. They’ve been impressive, they’ve found a way to play a totally different style that gives them the best chance of winning,” Pat Cummins said.
“Over the last 18 months, the way we’ve gone about it has been really successful, so you don’t want to lose sight of that. I think that’s the most important – worry about what we do well, rather than looking at the opposition,” said Cummins.
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That’s Been The Hallmark Of Davey’s Career – Pat Cummins
The Australian captain hinted at Warner’s future, with the opener struggling in red-ball cricket in recent Tests. Cummins believes that an aggressive opener like Warner can put pressure on the bowlers.
“The bowlers can get on top over in England with the new ball. It seams around; it can be tough for opening batters. But openers who can put pressure back on the bowlers, they’re priceless. I know as a bowler, if someone’s a sitting duck, you feel like you’re going to get them eventually.”
“If someone’s kind of taking the game to you, it presents a different challenge. That’s been the hallmark of Davey’s career. Over there in England, that’s what you’d want out of him, putting that pressure back on the bowlers.”
England will host the most anticipated five-match Ashes series, with the first Test scheduled to begin on June 16 at Edgbaston in Birmingham. The second test will be held at Lord’s Cricket Ground, the third at Headingley in Leeds, the fourth at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester, and the final match at Kennington Oval in London.
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