Ever since McCullum took over the Test side, England have seen a completely different outfit as they beat New Zealand 3–0, chasing successful targets of 277, 299 and 296. In July, he took it up a notch, chasing a mammoth target of 378. , his highest goal ever in the format, to win the rescheduled fifth Test against India at Edgbaston, raising the decibel level for bassball higher than ever.
Now, McCullum, the former New Zealand captain, has spoken out on the buzzball frenzy derived from his nickname ‘Baz’, responding to Australia batsman Steve Smith’s comments on the stability of England’s aggressive approach in Test cricket, calling it a “silly word”. Said.
“I saw they (comments) flick on a feed somewhere. That’s right, it’s going to be a big challenge when we take on Australia. It’s going to challenge our way and it’s going to challenge what we do.” I think achieving that and it’s quite exciting. Isn’t it about the sport?
“Have to reinvent ourselves and then face against the best. I believe both New Zealand and India are two very good cricketing sides. Australia is a different kind because of the Ashes history. There’s the challenge and the rivalry that’s out there,” McCullum told former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist at the Sen WA Breakfast Show.
Talking about England and baseball, McCullum commented, “I’m sure our guys will try and still maintain a really positive attitude. I think the real key isn’t just crashes and burns if we take this approach.” Look at what people have. Done.
“So I really don’t like that silly word that people are throwing out there, because really a lot of thought goes into how people build their performance and when they put pressure on bowlers and what bowlers they put pressure on. There are times he has handled the pressure beautifully too.”
England’s next Test assignment is a three-match series against South Africa at home in August. But with the Ashes coming up next year, McCullum acknowledged that Australia would be a challenge for him. He also insisted that he was not looking too far ahead.
“This is the one that’s on the calendar for everyone. We know it’s probably going to be the last challenge for us. We’ll tackle that in time I guess. In this job you plan like you’ll live forever and Die tomorrow as you live. You want to make sure you enjoy the ride. I keep preaching to the boys about where your feet are and try to immerse yourself in the here and now.
“You take your eyes off anything and the teams will be able to make sure you look a little silly. Our focus will be on South Africa for now, but at some point it will be a series that we (focus) on. Test cricket needs the Ashes to be strong and competitive. You would say that didn’t last, so it’s time for us to do it. Give us a few months so we can do our things together and we’re able to move on May the great Australian side.”
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