Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum’s influence on the English Test team has enabled them to adopt a more aggressive approach, leading to consistent victories. However, according to veteran Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, the English team’s new style of play will eventually falter.
Under McCullum’s guidance and Ben Stokes’ leadership, England have emerged as a dominant force in Test cricket. With 11 wins in their last 15 matches, including a recent 267-run victory against New Zealand, England’s attacking approach has been paying off.
However, Ashwin expressed concerns about this approach, suggesting that it will be tested in every condition and may falter at some point. In a video on his YouTube channel, Ashwin referred to the “Bazball” concept, which involves playing high-paced Test cricket. He noted that attacking every ball on certain types of wickets could lead to a breakdown in performance.
Ashwin also pointed out that the team’s approach needs to be tailored to the pitch conditions and respected accordingly. While England has yet to play in India, where their new approach will be put to the test, Ashwin believes that respecting the pitch and playing accordingly will ultimately pay dividends.
The English team is currently playing the second Test match against New Zealand, and is on the verge of a series whitewash at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.