Bazball is a term that has become a trend on social media a lot during the rescheduled fifth Test between India and England. It is a new strategy introduced by the head Test coach of the England team, Brendon McCullum. It should be noted that Baz is the nickname of McCullum. When McCullum was the captain of the New Zealand cricket team, he urged his team to play aggressively and led his nation from the front.
Now that McCullum has become the Test coach of the England cricket team, he has influenced them to use the same aggressive strategy while batting. A report by Latestly explained that Bazball is the way England will play Test cricket. They will look to play it like ODI and chase targets that no team had achieved in the past.
Here’s what the report states: “Now, no total is safe whenever England is competing, especially chasing. When Ben Stokes said at the toss ahead of the fifth Test against India, that his side ‘loves chasing,’ he surely meant business. England are well and truly on their way to pulling off a massive chase, something very few could have thought of. That’s exactly what BazBall means.”
During the post-match presentation of the final Test of the series, the home captain, Ben Stokes said that he was looking forward to seeing what his men would have done if the target was 450 runs.
The English summer will continue with a three-match Test series between England and South Africa. It will be exciting to see how the Bazball game works against the likes of the fiery Proteas pacer, Kagiso Rabada, and Anrich Nortje. England will also be hosting Indian for three ODIs and as many T20Is as scheduled to be commencing on July 7.