IND vs ENG Test: England keen to keep attacking

During the India Tour of Australia in 2018-19, when Chitchwar Poojara hit 1,258 balls in 521 runs in four Tests to become the cornerstone of India’s first-ever Down Under series, he even made a recent cricketer like Shubman Gill fall in love with batting stubborn;

Rishabh Pant, who has already had a hit in Test cricket, offers the other end, with a youthful disrespect that sometimes makes him daring enough to reverse a lap until James Anderson. Test cricket has always been distinguished by the juxtaposition of stubbornness and flair. But perhaps, in its next stage of development, by the action of Bazball, a new mold emerges.

England led by Eoin Morgan have given world cricket a new paradigm in whiteball cricket, where relentless aggressiveness has replaced the old system – keeping a wicket on hand before raising the ante in oversight. If Brendon McCullum’s first three Tests as England’s red ball coach offer a glimpse into the future, the grueling days of Test batsmen may be over.

Buzz McCollum was asked about this, as he interacted with reporters after England’s 3-0 victory over New Zealand. “I haven’t really thought much of that. I just look at the players we have and I think they fit in with what we’re trying to achieve and the style we want to play. Maybe that’s not what we’re after. I’m happy with what we’ve got at the moment anyway,” McCollum said.

And here are some hard numbers… During the three tests, England scored 4.5 points each. In the final test in Leeds, New Zealand scored 655 points in 222.5 overs on both rounds, which was 2.94 passes per over and perfectly acceptable in the longer form. The hosts, who won the match by seven wickets, responded 656 times in 121.2 overheads and a run rate of 5.41 — the limit of insanity by conventional standards. No frontline batsman who played all three tests had a strike rate of less than 50. Joe Root scored 396 points with a strike rate of 74.15. Jonny Bairstow hits 394 hits with an amazing strike rate of 120.12.

The hosts, who won the match by seven wickets, responded 656 times in 121.2 overheads and a run rate of 5.41 — the limit of insanity by conventional standards. (AFP)

“If I was a young player around county cricket and saw what the number 5 player in England (Bayerstow) is currently doing and the role and how he is encouraged to play that way, I would probably play that way personally to ensure I get noticed too, in If something happens to that person.”

A team philosophy has been put in place under his leadership and captain Ben Stokes, and players with the right profile will be part of the project. But is there an end to aggression? How much is too much? McCollum urged his forces to push the frontier. “Hopefully we take it a bit too far because then we’ll know exactly where that streak is. Until you do, you’re not really sure. We’ve seen that with the England whiteball team. There were times when they might have pushed really hard, and then they knew. I think it would be. He is the same with us, and we have to continue to explore what that line is.”

Believe

There will be ups and downs ahead, but as McCollum said, it will be essential to stay strong in the team’s faith. That’s what Morgan’s whiteball team did, too. As former England captain Nasser Hussain wrote in a Daily Mail column, Morgan didn’t change approach even after he was knocked out in 45 internationals against New Zealand in the Ageas Bowl, even as pundits like Michael Holding and Ian Smith took notice. Not throwing away your money was a “fundamental sin”.

“But Morgan was adamant that he wanted his men to come out and strike the same way into the next game. The message sent not only to his dressing room, but to potential England cricketers, was crucial. Keep going. Don’t doubt yourself. Hussain wrote.” It was contagious.”

Coming back to the test side, England’s 3-0 win over the Kiwis wasn’t just due to their striking aggression. Throwing bowling for a take on big partnerships too, as Stokes refused to go on the defensive. The first session on the fourth day of the third test was an example of this. Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blondel remained inseparable in the morning session, but England went on the offensive. Once the partnership was broken, the hosts passed through the lower Kiwi system.

Coming back to the test side, England’s 3-0 win over the Kiwis wasn’t just due to their striking aggression. Throwing bowling for a take on big partnerships too, as Stokes refused to go on the defensive. (AFP)

“Until yesterday (day four) when there was a partnership in place between Mitchell and Blundell, in the past there may have been a slight concern about the total that was building up. But we kept attacking, the pitches were attacking hard all the time, bowlers kept trying to drift,” McCollum said. towards red card patterns and that for me is just an integral part of the way this team wants to play.”

India is expected to ask more difficult questions in Edgbaston. First of all, they have a more accurate bowling attack. But England will hold on to its aggression. “Believe me when I say this. We’re going to come out with exactly the same (aggressive) mentality, even though it’s a different opposition,” Stokes said in his post-match presentation on Monday.

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