South Africa in England 2022

South Africa in England 2022

South Africa in England 2022

Ben Stokes says he is “glad” that South African captain Dean Elgar and his team continue to talk about “Bazball” and has vowed to stay true to the new style established under his tenure.

Last month was interrupted by several members of the Proteas speaking about England’s new, attacking approach to Test cricket ahead of the upcoming men’s three-match series which starts at Lord’s on Wednesday. Although it’s all isolated over various media activities, it has created the feeling that tourists find talking about a ‘revolutionary’ approach a bit demeaning. Speak with Wisden Cricket MonthlyElgar stated he saw no “longevity in brave cricket” and said England could have had “egg on their faces” in the opening Test match against New Zealand.

Elgar is certainly not alone in that opinion, and no doubt the tourists are eager to burst a bubble that has swelled after four wins over New Zealand (three) and India. So far, no one associated with this English test squad has publicly addressed these comments, and it’s also worth noting that “Bazball” isn’t a term used internally. Even the man it’s named after isn’t a fan.

Stokes said on Tuesday that neither he nor his team pay too much attention to the noise coming from the dressing room into the hallway.

“The opposition seems to be talking a lot about it at the moment,” Stokes said. “We don’t talk about it much. We just focus on what we’re doing. We have a style of play, they have a style of play.

“At the end of the day it’s bat-to-ball; whoever plays the best over a test match has a better chance of winning. But we’re not diving into it too much, but we’re happy for Dean and the South African team to keep saying they are not interested, but keep talking about it.”

Elgar, for his part, insisted on the eve of the Test that he had said all that needed to be said about England’s alleged style of play. “With all due respect, I’m really not going to have fun with that anymore,” he added. “We’ve talked long and hard about it. I just want to get on with cricket. I think the game deserves that respect. Mud-throwing is a thing of the past for me and we’re not going back and forth on that.” .”

Stokes also announced his XI, with Ben Foakes replacing Sam Billings as the only change to the side to score a 2-2 draw against India at Edgbaston last month, in the delayed fifth Test of a series that started in 2021. . Meeting the squad on Sunday, Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum ensured that the players were reminded of how well they performed at the start of the season and the need to continue the values ​​enshrined by the pair. For a side that was in such disarray before the start of the season, it is something that Stokes realizes that constant reinforcements are needed.

“I think for me it just echoed the points of what we made at the start of the summer, about our thinking, attitude and things, about how we go out and play cricket,” Stokes said, then asked about his work. outside the nets. “Personally I feel like one of those things that’s the most important thing for this team right now is to believe in what we speak in the locker room and go out and try to live up to what we say. Because the results look like will see after themselves.

“If we play to the standard we’ve played in the last four friendlies, we know we’re going to give ourselves a great chance to win the game. If you don’t play good cricket, you’re going to lose the game. For us, it’s just going out and carrying on with the attitude and mentality you’ve seen from the first four games of the summer.”

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