“We’ve Lost Here But…”: Brendon McCullum Issues Huge ‘Bazball’ Statement

Feb29,2024


England cricket team head coach Brendon McCullum© AFP

England cricket team head coach Brendon McCullum has continued his support for 'buzzball' despite losing the five-match Test series against India. The visiting team won the first match in Hyderabad, but lost three consecutive matches, with experts and fans criticizing their playing style and questioning their ability to adapt to the conditions. However, McCullum said he has improved over the past 18 months and added that he is capable of doing “some special things”.

'There are times in sports when we have not yet improved our methodology. We've lost here, not won the Ashes (2-2), but we're a better team than we were 18 months ago and we've got a chance to do something special in the next 18 months,” McCullum told UK media.

“We'll keep chiseling away at those rough edges. “It’s not a bad time to be the coach of the England team.”

India lead the series 3-1 with the last game being played in Dharamsala from March 7. The team's last home series was a 1–2 defeat to Alastair Cook-led England in 2012–13. Since then, India has won 39 out of 50 Tests at home.

The hosts' win marks a stunning collapse for 'buzzball', which has been the much-hyped winning mantra for England since 2022 and is now facing criticism from all quarters for being too rough and lacking depth.

Conceived following the appointment of Brendon McCullum as coach and Ben Stokes as captain, England's plan to attack despite the conditions found its match in the Indians' uncompromising approach.

The visitors remained stubborn, barring a conservative century from veteran Joe Root, but the Indians adapted and refused to be fazed by the setbacks.

(With PTI inputs)

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