England’s aggressive batting approach is nothing new and the tactics will work more often than not

England’s aggressive batting approach is nothing new and the tactics will work more often than not

England’s aggressive batting approach is nothing new and the tactics will work more often than not

England’s aggressive batting approach is nothing new in Test cricket and the tactics will work more often than not, but like yesterday they will come unstuck at times

  • England’s new approach will work most often but not always in Tests
  • The aggressive stick is nothing new in test cricket as it was previously used in Australia
  • Both sides have strong attacks and long tails, which can be a short test

The expression Bazball is a phrase that Brendon McCullum doesn’t care about and before this series, it seemed like Dean Elgar didn’t like it either.

Yes, England will unlock playing this type of cricket, as we saw yesterday, but monumental blocking won’t get you very far either. England’s tactic will work more often than not…not that scoring quickly is new to Test cricket. When I was coaching England, I was talking to my Australian counterparts who wanted to get them as quickly as possible so they had time to take 20 wickets.

It’s the same now, only Australia had two of the great bowlers Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath to help make it work.

England’s aggressive batting approach is nothing new and the tactics will work more often than not

Ollie Pope epitomized England’s new batting approach with a solid batting display at Lords

It was fascinating to listen to Sir Andrew Strauss on the rise of franchise cricket on Test Match Special. He was excited about the future and admitted he won’t please everyone with his high performance rating. But one thing struck me. He said the domestic structure in England should reflect the international game. So where is the Hundred located? We are the only country that plays it….

So to you Richard Thompson, new President of the ECB. He is an excellent man and he will also have to appoint an excellent new general manager. For me, Richard Gould is the man. The pair were successful in Surrey and were able to settle our game. I’m not yet pessimistic about the future, but I have started to worry.

An update on the bell ringing in my village. There is clearly a talent for that. You have to swing it before you dong it. I had a lesson from our leader Romford Kenny and was put on bell #3, where I was booked to debut in a blessing on Saturday. As the good-natured Leslie Phillips (left) once said, “Ding dong!

South African bowler Kagiso Rabada took two wickets on the opening day of the test at Lords

South African bowler Kagiso Rabada took two wickets on the opening day of the test at Lords

Before DRS, Joe Root would have had the benefit of the doubt on his lbw. The ref was saying, “It’s close, I may have cut the leg stump, but I can’t be sure, so it didn’t come out.” Now we try to support the referees, so he left. It’s tough and I wouldn’t have liked that decision, but if HawkEye is 100% accurate, it’s over.

It quickly became clear from day one what a powerful attack South Africa has. They have big, burly guys capable of real pace and variation in the form of left hander Marco Jansen. What a handful he is at 6ft 8in. Both teams have strong attacks and long tails. This means that if the rain stays away we will have three short tests.

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