India vs England: ‘We are not allowed to say Bazball’, reveals Ollie Pope ahead of skipper Ben Stokes’s 100th Test | Cricket News

Feb14,2024


Rajkot: As England began practice at the soon-to-be-renamed Niranjan Shah Stadium here on Tuesday, they must have been happy to see their captain ben stokes Rushing to bowl with full force. However, it is unlikely that the all-rounder, who announced before the start of this series that he would not bowl after undergoing knee surgery in November, will actually turn his hand in the third Test starting here on Thursday.
This match is a huge milestone in the career of a man who, apart from being a great player, will also be remembered for fundamentally changing the way the team plays cricket. The Rajkot Test will be the 32-year-old player's 100th Test. ,

Incidentally, this is the only venue in India where Stokes scored a Test century (128) in the 2016–17 series. This left-handed batsman has played 11 Tests in India, in which his average has been 32.47, which apart from that century, also includes four half-centuries. Overall, since making his Ashes Test debut in Adelaide in 2013, Stokes has scored 6,251 runs at an average of 36.34, and taken 197 wickets at an average of 32.07 in 99 Tests.

One of England's greatest match-winners, Stokes is building a Test captaincy legacy built around entertaining debuts.buzzball'Style in sync with head coach Brendon McCullum Under the leadership of these two, England has won 14 out of 20 test matches.
Stokes' teammates on Tuesday Ollie Pope He lauded his captain's special achievement, while also marveling at his ability to raise his game and play excellent innings, especially when the pressure on him and the team was at its highest.
“He's probably changed the game in a lot of ways, he's got a way to bring out his best when the team needs it. Even in the Ashes at Lord's (155 in the second innings), I remember thinking 'how he takes it to a new level when all the pressure is on him',” Pope said on Tuesday. Told the media.

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“The number of times he has done this in his 99 Test match career so far is unbelievable. Playing 100 Tests is an incredible achievement for anyone. He has obviously had ups and downs in his career, but what he has done (since) he has been captain has been amazing and there are a lot of special moments he can look back on in his career,” Pope said.
The 26-year-old, who played a match-winning inning of 196 in the first Test in Hyderabad, revealed that he is very grateful to Stokes himself, who asked him to bat at the crucial No. 3 position after taking over as England Test captain. .
“I was in the playing eleven when he took over the captaincy role. He made it clear that I was the right person for the No. 3 position and that gave me a lot of confidence. His man management was very good. He seems to have got as much time for everyone in the team, be it the physio or the doctor, as he does for his own XI on the field,” the England batsman said.
'We're not allowed to say buzzball'
For all the praise England are earning after adopting 'buzzball' as their playing style in Test matches, they are also facing criticism from some former players for being too obsessed with it.
After England lost the second Test by 106 runs in Visakhapatnam, former England captain Alastair Cook had said that former captain Joe Root, who has scored 29, 2, 5 and 16 in the series so far, feels like he is Sometimes struggle. speed of the 'buzzball' era,” and thus he was losing “the balance of offense and defense.”
His view was supported by another former England captain, Michael Vaughan, who told Root to “forget the buzzball.”
However, Pope revealed that the England team is forbidden from using the term, and that his team's approach was “not always about attacking, but about absorbing pressure.”
“Everyone bats differently in this team. We're not allowed to call it buzzball, but what we're starting with isn't always about offense. A lot of the time it's about taking pressure when we need to,'' he said.



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