Dean Elgar is of the opinion that if England were to fully embrace the Bazball idea, the country would eventually end up looking silly.
Dean Elgar, the captain of South Africa’s Test team, has dismissed the new batting strategy that England has been using in the longest format under Brendon McCullum’s guidance. Elgar made these remarks prior to the start of the three-match Test series that will be played between England and South Africa beginning on Wednesday, August 17. Elgar is of the opinion that if England adheres to the “Bazball” mentality for the long haul, the country may end up appearing dumb. The Proteas Test skipper was not at all concerned about the possibility of English batters taking the offensive against their bowlers, despite the fact that he thought the ‘Bazball’ strategy was interesting.
“The style that is associated with New England is very intriguing. However, I do not believe that brave cricket will stand the test of time because I believe that things will eventually become more balanced in test cricket. Both England and New Zealand played at a similar level for the whole of the match; but, if New Zealand had made the most of the opportunities and catches they were given, the outcome may have been very different. If England had been successful, they would have ended up with egg on their faces “According to Dailymail.co.uk, Elgar was quoted as saying this to Wisden Cricket Monthly.
Since McCullum took over as head coach and Ben Stokes took over as Test captain, England has been able to quickly turn their fortunes around. This is due in large part to McCullum’s leadership.
After suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of Australia in the Ashes, England bounced back with a 3-0 whitewash of New Zealand on their home soil and then defeated India in the rescheduled fifth Test match played at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
After suffering a humiliating loss to the England Lions in a practise match earlier this week, South Africa has a few areas to focus on, especially in light of the fact that this week’s match took place.
The travelling team will also be without their pacer Duanne Oliver, who sustained a Grade 2 tear in the hip flexor muscle on his right side and is therefore unable to participate in the series.
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