England’s premier batter, Joe Root, provided insights into the team culture under the leadership of Ben Stokes and coaching by Brendon McCullum. The team, known for its ultra-attacking ‘Bazball’ approach in Test cricket, has abandoned traditional team meetings in favour of organic conversations around a dinner table.
Joe Root emphasized the shift in communication dynamics, stating, “We don’t really do team meetings anymore. That’s one of the great things about how we do all of our conversations away from the game and just that enjoyment and buzz about spending time with each other. We don’t have to sit in a meeting room, and I think it’s more authentic and more genuine when you can have it around a dinner table.”
The England team’s aggressive style has raised questions about its applicability on Indian soil, but they have silenced doubters with fearless batting performances in the first two Tests against India. Root highlighted the significance of informal discussions, suggesting that the best learning happens over coffee or during relaxed moments.
In the recent Test in Hyderabad, England found themselves trailing India by 190 runs but mounted a remarkable comeback. Despite conceding a 143-run lead, they maintained their attacking approach. Addressing potential doubts or pressure after the first innings in Hyderabad, Root emphasized the team’s commitment to their style of play.
“Regardless of the result of the game, we’re always going to play how we know. It’s what’s given us success for a good period of time now. It’s what brings the best out of us,” Joe Root stated. He cited past instances, such as a one-off Test against India in England, where they chased down a significant score despite being initially behind.
In conclusion, Joe Root expressed the team’s unwavering belief and confidence, stating, “We’ll never stop believing; we’ll never feel like we’re out of the game.” England’s approach reflects a blend of aggression, camaraderie, and a commitment to their distinctive style of play, fostering a positive team culture.