New Zealand batting coach Luke Ronchi said that England’s “Bazball” has not put any pressure on the New Zealand side. The Kiwis were hammered by England in the first test and have been struggling in the 1st innings of the second test losing 7 wickets for 138 runs before stumps on Day 2.
Earlier, England declared 435-8 on the morning of day two, with Harry Brook top-scoring at 186 and Joe Root remaining unbeaten on 153. Speaking to the media, Luke Ronchi said that players don’t take too much interest in these kinds of things referring to “Bazball”–and their goal is to play according to their strengths.
“I wouldn’t have thought so. We also know Baz [Brendon McCullum] so that’s a phrase that’s been thrown around and from a cricketers’ point of view, I don’t think many people take much interest in it [Bazball]. We want to play our style of cricket, England is bowling well which is going to hamper that. The guys need to go out, and the big word is trust,” Ronchi said.
Ronchi–also praised England bowlers–for their terrific bowling effort and insisted that Kiwis batters need to go with a positive mindset–and believe in their abilities to score runs as they played under these conditions very often.
“Our guys have made hundreds recently, they’ve made runs as a batting group and we know how to bat on a Basin wicket, we’ve played here lots of times and made lots of runs. It’s about going out every time and playing our way.
England’s cricket team has been in a purple patch in the world of cricket. The team has been enjoying success in both the white-ball format–and the red-ball format. England is the current champion of the T20I and 50-over World Cups.
Don’t Call It “Bazball” Or “Benball” – Ben Stokes On England’s Aggressive Approach In Test Cricket
With the term “Bazball” getting popular in red-ball cricket. England skipper Ben Stokes has asked the media and fans not to refer to their aggressive style as “Bazball” or “Benball.”
Stokes, who was the deputy of Joe Root eventually took full responsibility since Root stepped down in 2020. The stylish left-hander Stokes has now 10 wins out of 12 test matches while captaining his national side.
The 31-year-old Stokes has broken former England skipper Michael Vaughan’s record of being the quickest to win 10 test matches Vaughan achieved this feat in 16 games.