“Bazball is real”
“Bazball is crazyyy!!!”
“It will change the way Test cricket is played.”
These are some lines we have been hearing and reading for the past couple of days.
The term is everywhere. It is trending on social media, the cricket experts and commentators on-air are talking about it, and the whole English cricket circuit is excited and buzzing about it.
The term Bazball is derived from the nickname of New Zealand legend cricketer and current England coach Brendon McCullum; Baz
Bazball refers to the fearless approach of batting in Test cricket. It is English cricket’s new and different brand that involves an aggressive and attacking mindset.
It is a testament to the fact of how Brendon McCullum played his cricket and similar to how England has played in the last 4 Test matches of their home summer after the appointment of coach Baz McCullum.
England’s team has made a decision to chase in Test cricket and come what may, they will back themselves to chase any target in the 4th innings no matter how much it is.
England Captain Ben Stokes mentioned after the win on the historic chase, “Don’t know where (the line) it is. There was a bit of me that almost wanted them to get 450, to see what we’d do. I said yesterday after we finished the day’s play, look at how teams will be viewing us at the moment, that third innings now has become a fourth innings – because they have to concentrate on how we’re going to play, and they are worried about that.’’ to Sky Sports, as reported by Espncricinfo.
The statement speaks volumes about the confidence the England team had then to chase in the 4th innings.
|Brendon McCullum is a former wicket-keeper batsman who played and captained New Zealand for many years. Brendon is known for scoring quickly and attacking from the word go. His ‘attack is the best form of defense’ approach has earned him great laurels throughout his playing career and now coaching.|
All said and done, the Bazball approach comes with a lot of risks and would look ugly when it fails and things go south. But the positive approach and clear intent definitely creates a lot of impact and puts the opposition far behind the game.
The Bazball era has begun. It is ruthless and here to stay. It has opened a vast ocean of opportunities in Test cricket.
Joe Root is to the phenomenon that everyone in England loves referring to as BazBall what a keyboardist is to a heavy metal band. Adds such melody and harmony to the double-bass rhythm & the high-octane riffs that surrounds him #ENGvIND— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) July 5, 2022
This is what Jonny Bairstow said when asked if England stand ready to chase down any target after his fifth century of a vintage year.— Michael Gravesande (@OldBlackHack) July 4, 2022
I’d say teams won’t be declaring against this new England unless they lead by a minimum of 450.#BazBall#ENGvINDpic.twitter.com/SUZWMBAzVs
And it is not just about hitting the ball all over the park, what I feel “Bazball” defines, is their positive intent. Even when defending the ball, they are looking for quick singles, maximizing run scoring opportunities.— Sandipan Banerjee (@im_sandipan) July 4, 2022