England's new strategy in Test cricket "Bazball" explained
The historic fifth (rescheduled) Test between England and India successfully got the result at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Having a look at the match, the hosts won the toss and asked Jasprit Bumrah and his men to bat.
In the first innings, India posted a huge total of 416 runs with the help of Rishabh Pant's 146 and Ravindra Jadeja's 104. Following that, England has been decent with the bat in their first inning and has been bowled out for 284 runs by the visitors.
Jonny Bairstow helped his team from falling on follow-on by scoring 106 runs. In the second inning, India has a lead of 132 runs and has been bowled out for 245 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant have been the best with the bat, scoring 66 and 57 runs respectively.
With a target of 378 runs on the board, the No.1 Test batter, Joe Root and the in-form batsman Jonny Bairstow finished off the things as England levelled the series by 2-2. Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root have done the job for England, scoring 114 and 142 runs and helped their side to level the Test series against India.
Here's the 'Bazball' explained:
Recently, a lot of people talking about the Bazball on social media platforms. Meanwhile, it is a new strategy of gameplay given by the newly appointed head coach Brendon McCullum.
The former New Zealand skipper suggests his players play Test cricket like One-day cricket, especially during the chase. Hence, it is clear that any target will for England be short, especially in the chase.
Considering the reports from other sources, Bazball states, "Now, no total is safe whenever England is competing, especially chasing. When Ben Stokes said at the toss ahead of the fifth Test against India, that his side 'loves chasing,' he surely meant business.
England are well and truly on their way to pulling off a massive chase, something very few could have thought of. That's exactly what BazBall means."