Australian batter Marnus Labuschagne has given a stunning reaction to the term ‘Bazball’ being included in the Collins dictionary. The right-hander, who was unaware of the development, called it “garbage”. The term ‘Bazball’ was coined to describe the aggressive style of Test cricket played by England under the leadership of Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes.
It has been used to describe the team’s focus on scoring runs quickly and putting pressure on the opposition, even if it means losing wickets.
Labuschagne was asked about Bazball in a recent interview, and his reaction was one of surprise. “I don’t know what that is,” he said. “Honestly, I have no idea what you’re talking about.” When told that Bazball was now a word in the dictionary, Labuschagne seemed to be unimpressed. “Oh man, that is garbage,” he said.
‘Bazball’ in the dictionary? 📖🤔
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 1, 2023
Labuschagne’s comments come ahead of Australia’s match against England in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. The two arch-rivals are known for their intense rivalry, and Labuschagne’s comments will likely add to the hype of the match.
Labuschagne’s comments are likely to be met with mixed reactions. Some fans will see them as a sign of his disrespect for England, while others will appreciate his honesty. It is also worth noting that Labuschagne is not the first player to have criticized Bazball. Former Australian captain Steve Smith has also called it “rubbish”.
However, it is important to remember that Bazball has been a success for England. The team has played some exciting cricket under McCullum and Stokes, and they have won more Test matches than any other team in the world in the last year. It remains to be seen whether Bazball will continue to be successful in the long term. However, it is clear that the term has already made its mark on the game of cricket.