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"If we have success then fabulous, if we don't, then I know we will go down in the style that we want to go down" - Brendon McCullum on India series

Brendon McCullum affirms aggressive 'Bazball' approach for England in Test series against India

In the upcoming five-Test series against India, England, under the coaching influence of Brendon McCullum, is committed to maintaining the 'Bazball' style of play, characterized by an aggressive and initiative-seeking batting approach. McCullum, the former New Zealand captain, expressed his unwavering belief in this strategy, regardless of the outcome, emphasizing the team's clear attacking intent for the marquee series.

"Bazball," a term derived from McCullum's nickname 'Baz,' has been officially recognized by the Collins dictionary as "a style of test cricket in which the batting side attempts to gain the initiative by playing in a highly aggressive manner."

Acknowledging the formidable challenge posed by India, McCullum stated, "I am excited about it because you want to test yourself against the best side and I genuinely believe that India is the best in their own condition. It is going to be a good challenge for us. If we have success then fabulous, if we don't, then I know we will go down in the style that we want to go down,"

During his address at the Royal Challengers Bangalore Innovation Lab's Leaders Meet India, McCullum shared insights into the essence of 'Bazball.' "We are playing the game because we love cricket and want to be as good at cricket as we possibly can," he affirmed. The attacking style of play has not only brought immediate success but has also allowed England to unlock the potential of younger players over the past 18 months.

Reflecting on the origin of 'Bazball,' McCullum recalled his iconic IPL knock of 158 off 73 balls, describing it as a life-changing moment. "That day provided the platform, the forum, and the opportunity to change my life," he remarked, underscoring the transformative impact of his fearless innings.

As England gears up for the challenging series starting January 25, the 'Bazball' ethos remains at the forefront, symbolizing the team's commitment to an aggressive and fearless approach on Indian pitches.

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