After losing the Ashes and the West Indies series last year, the England team were in shambles, winning just one of their last 17 Test matches. England entered the home testing summer with a new captain and coach.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes was named captain, while Brendon McCullum took over as red-ball coach. Since then, the England team has whitewashed World Test Championship winners, beating India to level the series at 2-2 and winning the three-match series against South Africa. England has adopted a more positive and aggressive style of play called ‘Bazball’.
Ben Stokes is a very positive, aggressive player – Glenn McGrath
Legendary Australian pacer Glenn McGrath has praised England’s new approach to Test cricket led by Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes, saying it’s the way everyone should play. In an exclusive interview with Mirror Sport, McGrath saw parallels between England’s new approach and the legendary Australian team he played for.
“For me, that’s the way everyone should play cricket. When you have a team that goes out and supports themselves, they play fearlessly and it’s amazing what you can achieve. With Brendon McCullum coming in, I think he definitely bought that attitude,” he said.
“Ben Stokes comes in as captain, he’s a very positive, aggressive player anyway, so I think the combination of Baz and Stokesey saying ‘go there and go back yourself’ is brilliant. When you win it’s great, when you go there and you lose a few matches and lose them badly, things can get a little ugly. he added.
“I think Joe Root can just go and play [now he’s no longer captain] and I think there have been a lot of positives for England. The team I was lucky enough to play in, we just supported ourselves and played without fear. I think T20 if it’s brought anything to cricket is that players especially batsman have to go out and play without fear and that’s gone through ODIs into Test cricket and they’re starting to play that way.
I’m going to say 5-0 Australia – Glenn McGrath
McGrath is excited to see England perform against Australia in next year’s Ashes, which he believes will be a very good series. He predicted that Australia would whitewash England.
“I’d go out on a limb and say something different,” he joked. “I think if I say anything else people will think there’s something wrong with me! So I’m going to say 5-0 Australia, they go out and dominate again,” he concluded.
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