“Bazball is a silly term and I have no idea what that means,” Brendon McCullum rubbishes the term Bazball himself

Bazball is a term that has been associated with the name of Brendon McCullum because of his unique approach of coaching

The England test head coach Brendon McCullum has himself rubbished the new term “Bazball” being used everywhere with respect to the new brand of test cricket England cricket team has been playing.

England has batted very aggressively in the last four test matches they have played, three against New Zealand and one against India, and has ended up winning all of them. The fans and the pundits have credited Brendon McCullum for the recent results, terming his approach to coaching and his style of work as “Bazball”.

But, McCullum, who was in a conversation with the former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist on a show named SEN WA Breakfast, rubbished the term Bazball and called it silly. He also said that he has no idea what that actually means.


Some of the Australian players, including Steve Smith, had a go at the theory of Bazball recently and Smith had even said when England turns up on a green wicket against the Australian attack, we would see if the Bazball is sustainable or not.

Brendon McCullum admitted Australia would present a different challenge to England

Brendon McCullum, when asked about Smith’s remark, didn’t disagree with it. He admitted that the Australian attack would present a different sort of challenge to the England side than New Zealand and India, even though New Zealand and India were very, very good test sides in their own rights.

But, McCullum also made it clear that the England test team would continue their attacking approach, regardless of the bowling attack of the opposition, and since the Ashes is one of the most important series for England historically, he is looking forward to it. However, before that, his focus is on the series against South Africa.


England has to play a 3-match test series against South Africa starting in a few weeks’ time and since South Africa has got a couple of bowlers who can crank up good speeds, they might also be able to challenge England’s new approach of playing test cricket.


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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