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    England will not abandon Bazball
England will not abandon Bazball
Zak Crawley. Source: Getty Images

England will not abandon Bazball

Zak Crawley asserts that England does not plan to adopt a negative approach following their recent 4-1 Test series defeat in India. However, he acknowledges that they must choose the appropriate moments to withstand pressure.

England suffered a significant loss in their first series under the red-ball leadership of captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum earlier this month, despite winning the first Test in Hyderabad.

The reverse caused a widespread debate about the effectiveness of England's aggressive Bazball style after several batting collapses. Even former New Zealand captain 'Baz' McCullum suggested that the team would need to 'refine' their style.

McCullum and Stokes have lost seven of their last dozen Tests after winning 10 of their first 11.

The 'Bazball' approach is grounded on the idea of freeing players from the fear of failure and taking the attack to the opposition.

There have been times when England has appeared to get carried away. Most notably when star batsman Joe Root was dismissed for a risky reverse scoop during a collapse in the third Test in Rajkot.

The absence of a ruthless streak was apparent in the fourth Test in Ranchi. Despite England making 353 in their first innings and reducing India to 177-7 in response, they still suffered a five-wicket defeat.

Crawley was the top scorer for England during their tour of India, amassing 407 runs at an average of 40.7.


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