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Steven Smith ‘intrigued’ by England’s Bazball cricket

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Opposition players across the globe have similar concerns regarding the unique method of play.

England’s outstanding results in the series against New Zealand and India have been widely praised in the world of cricket to the point that “Bazball” appeared during Australia’s net session in Galle on Wednesday.

Steven Smith, who is one of the Australians who been watching the football matches in England He was heard shouting”English” after a straight game and afterwards joked about how Australia head coach Andrew McDonald had already heard enough of it.

However, there is definitely excitement over England’s latest strategy, where they’ve achieved the last four innings in a row which culminated in their record of 378 for 3 at Edgbaston and saw them beat the world record 4.60 an over over the four games.

 

A common theme is now the length they could keep going however, the same question was also asked at matches in New Zealand and India matches with bowlers of the calibre that include Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami and how they can adapt to the different conditions.

“I’ve seen a small amount of it and it’s been enjoyable,” Smith said. “Even one as Alex Lees started to come down the wicket even though there was nothing to do. It’s been a thrill. I’m curious to find out how long it will last and if it’s long-lasting.

“If you’re playing on a field that’s got grass with Josh Hazlewood, [Pat] Cummins and Mitchell Starc are coming in at you, will it turn out to be similar? We’ll have to see what happens. I’m fascinated by this whole thing and we’ll wait to watch to see how it goes.”

Smith added that Australia have increased their scoring rate in recent games, citing instances like the Hobart Ashes Test where they scored four-and-a-half in the first innings, as well as the opening Test in Galle which they scored at 4.53 however England’s run chases in the past few weeks have brought things to a whole new level.

“The pink-ball match in Hobart in Hobart, where Heady and Marnus began to get into the game the wicket was performing quite well so it was important tostop, to add pressure to the bowler’s mindset and it did the trick for that game,” he said. “Is this going to be successful every time? I’m not sure.”

England’s next opponent, South Africa, are also looking forward to a successful game in the lead up to the test series that starts in August. They can choose a pacing attack that includes Kagiso Rabada Anrich Nortje Lungi Ngidi Duanne Olivier and the massive Marco Jansen.

“I believe that the main problem with this approach is that you’re not likely to be consistently consistent,” Rassie van der Dussen said to IOL. “If we have an excellent bowling performance, or something doesn’t go as planned for them, there’ll be some questions when they are bowled out in a cheap manner in the first innings or players are caught throwing the ball straight up and playing loosely.

“Those are the problems facing them. We have the strategies, we know what’s been successful for us. They’re coming with a completely different mentality and approach, which has worked well for them. Let’s see how they do with the bowlers we have.”

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