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England have been in good form this summer, having won all their four Test matches. Coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes have formed a formidable partnership in the longest format of the game and under him, the Three Lions have played an aggressive brand of cricket, dubbed ‘bazzball’ by the English press. England beat India in the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston and now Test coach Brendon McCullum has termed ‘bazzball’ as a “silly word”.
“No, I don’t know what buzzball is, a bit to go by, but the boys have been fantastic, really couldn’t have asked for a better start. I’m sure our guys will try and still keep a really positive attitude I think the real key isn’t just crash and burn if we take a look at how people have done it. So I really don’t like that silly word people are throwing out there, because there’s actually quite a bit of thought. It’s how people build their performance and when they put pressure on the bowlers and what bowlers they put on. There are times where they have absorbed the pressure beautifully as well,” McCullum told Adam Where Sen WA Gilchrist at breakfast.
Earlier this week, Australia batsman Steve Smith reacted to ‘Bazzball’ by asking if the same thing was going to happen to the likes of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
“I see they (comments) flick on a feed somewhere. That’s right, it’s going to be a big challenge when we take on Australia. It’s going to challenge our way and it’s going to challenge that.” What we’ve been able to achieve and it’s quite exciting I think. Isn’t it about the game? Reinventing yourself and then facing the best,” McCullum said.
“I believe that both New Zealand and India are two very good cricket teams. Australia is a different kind of challenge because of the history of the Ashes and the rivalry there.”
England and Australia will face each other in the Ashes next year.
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