“Bazball has no longevity, might leave England with eggs on their faces,” Dean Elgar sends warning to England to be careful with their new approach

Dean Elgar will be captaining South Africa in a 3-match test series against England which is starting in a few days' time

The South African test captain Dean Elgar is not convinced about England’s new style of playing test cricket which the England fans and the English media have been fondly calling “Bazball”, as they have adopted this style after the appointment of Brendon McCullum as head coach of England test team.

Dean Elgar was recently interviewed by the cricket monthly magazine where he was asked about England’s new style of playing test cricket and while Elgar agreed that it makes for “interesting” viewing, the southpaw also insisted that he doesn’t see it working for a long time.

Elgar recalled the 3-match test series between England and New Zealand earlier in the season and said that the Kiwis had been able to create opportunities for themselves at certain stages of the series and if they had managed to seize the moments, the result of the series could have been something else, even though the eventual scoreline shows that there was a huge gap between the two teams.


Elgar is also of the view if England persists with this style of play in test cricket for a long time, it might leave them with “eggs on their faces”.

Before Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram had also played down England’s new approach in test cricket

Before Dean Elgar, another South African opening batsman Aiden Markram had also said that South Africa had no intentions of emulating England’s style of play in the upcoming test series. Markram was talking to the reporters after the practice game against the England Lions where a lot of the fringe English players also batted with the same approach as the main England test side does.

South Africa lost that practice game, but Markram said that when the 3-match test series between the Proteas and England starts, South Africa would play their own way and wouldn’t try and go as aggressive as England, because England would want them to do that and fall in their “trap”.




I write a bit on cricket and I am more interested in technical and tactical side of the game, rather than bravado.

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