Australian batter Steve Smith has taken a mocking remark at the ‘Bazball’ after this technique has helped them in achieving success in the home Tests in the last couple of months.
Steve Smith on England’s Bazball Cricket
England’s positive and fearless approach to Test cricket has been labeled as Bazball and this has happened ever since skipper Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum have been at the helm of affairs.
According to a report in cricket.com.au, Smith touched on the subject of ‘Baz-ball’ after a nets session ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka. The former Australia skipper had charged down the pitch, flayed a throwdown over an assistant coach’s head, and exclaimed ‘Baz-ball’.
“Guys just keep joking about it, I think Ronnie (Australia’s coach Andrew McDonald) has had enough of hearing about ‘Baz-ball’ to be honest, it’s good fun to joke about,” Smith was quoted as saying after the training session on Wednesday.
Australia are currently preparing for the second Test against Sri Lanka here from Friday as they are hoping for consecutive series wins in Asia for the first time in 16 years. However, England and their latest approach to the game are the talk of the town.
“It’s been exciting. I’m just intrigued to see how long it lasts if it’s sustainable,” Smith told reporters on Wednesday.
“If you come in on a wicket that’s got some grass on it and Josh Hazlewood, (Pat) Cummins, and (Mitchell) Starc are rolling in at you, is it going to be the same?
“I’m intrigued by it all? Is it going to work every time? I don’t know,” he was quoted as saying by the Australian media.
Australia are scheduled to tour England for the Ashes series next year and that is the reason why they are keeping a close watch on what their archrivals are doing. As of now, Australia will play the remaining one test match against Sri Lanka on July 8 in Galle International Stadium, Galle.