ENG vs SA: In the first Test match, England’s two innings were dismissed for scores of 165 and 149. It goes without saying that the Three Lions gave the visitors an emphatic innings victory. The vicious assault by South Africa tore down the much-discussed “Bazball” concept.
Under the command of Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes, England won four straight games prior to their defeat to Proteas. A series victory over New Zealand was also included in this. They also prevailed in one Test match against India in the interim. Unfortunately, they were defeated at Lord’s, which was quite upsetting for them.
After winning the first of the three scheduled Tests, the Proteas took a 1-0 series lead. The fact that they won by an innings and 12 runs also helped them maintain their lead in the current ICC World Test Championship.
At the same location, Lord’s, South Africa will try to advance to the event’s grand finale. South Africa have bolstered their case with this victory. In the meantime, former cricketers made fun of the English team for their futility and Bazball strategy.
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South Africa captain Dean Elgar amusingly minimized the threat posed by ‘Bazball’ before the Lord’s Test. It is the name given to the style of cricket England have been playing since Brendon McCullum became their red-ball head coach.
“I think it can go one of two ways for them and it can go south very quickly. Their own coach doesn’t even like the slogan they’ve come up with. I’d like to see them do it against our seamers,” Elgar was quoted as saying to The Guardian.
In the first innings of the game, the hosts only managed to score 165 runs. Additionally, in the second innings, they were all out for just 149 runs. They put in a really subpar performance on their own turf.
Kagiso Rabada’s fifer brought the English players to their knees in the first innings. The majority of the harm was done during Anrich Nortje’s three-wicket haul in the second innings.
The English fans did not receive the defeat in a sporty way. They have already begun to criticize the strategies employed by “Bazball” head coach McCullum. The plan calls for consistently playing aggressive cricket and trying to win.
Many former cricket players and experts were concerned since neither of England’s innings reached 200 runs. Nevertheless, they were very critical of England’s tactics.