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England have gone a bit too far with Bazball: Geoffrey Boycott | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: England great Geoffrey Boycott repeated on Saturday how much he dislikes "Bazball" style of play and urged the coaching staff to apply some "common sense" to their strategies.Boycott's criticism stemmed from England's inability to win the two most significant series, which were the Ashes series against Australia in 2023 and the series against India earlier in the year."There are some amazing decisions under Brendon McCullum (England Test head coach), as he has changed the (team's) mindset into more positive. But they have gone a bit too far with it."They want to save England cricket, the whole of Test cricket. But no Sir, the objective is to win a Test match or series," said Boycott in Bengaluru during the cricket talk show, Midwicket Stories, which also featured battin...
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Stuart Broad reveals why Ben Stokes’s T20 World Cup withdrawal is ‘right decision’ | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Former England pace sensation Stuart Broad has thrown his weight behind talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes' decision to skip this year's T20 World Cup due to fitness concerns.In an exclusive interaction at the Star Sports studio, Broad expressed support for Stokes' decision, stating, "Whatever Ben decides to do for the well-being of himself is the right decision."Acknowledging Stokes' track record of making sound career choices, Broad emphasized the significance of prioritizing health and workload management. "He wants to get back to (being) the all-rounder that he was and he feels like getting some workload through the knee in a controlled environment, without the help of a scale to pressurise the nature of a T20 World Cup, is the best choice," he said.While discussing ...
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‘4-1 was undeserved’: England pacer on their series battering against India | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: England pace bowler Ollie Robinson has expressed his belief that England's 1-4 defeat in the Test series against India was "undeserved" despite playing some "really good cricket". Robinson, speaking to Sky Sports, reflected on the series outcome, suggesting that with a few tweaks, the result could have been different."We were really close to reversing that result.Obviously the catch I dropped in the fourth Test would have helped us but, no, we feel like 4-1 was undeserved, really," Robinson stated, highlighting the team's disappointment with the final scoreline. "We played some really good cricket and maybe on another tour it could have been 3-2 to us, who knows?"In the Test series against India, England, led by Ben Stokes, managed to secure victory in the opening game ...
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Twenty20 World Cup | Ben Stokes pulls out; says it’s his sacrifice to remain an all-rounder

[ad_1] England’s star player Ben Stokes has pulled out of the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup which will help him to focus on regaining his fitness to become the ‘all-rounder’ | Photo Credit: R.V Moorthy England's star player Ben Stokes on April 2 pulled out of the upcoming T20 World Cup, saying the "sacrifice" will help him focus on regaining his fitness to bowl full throttle and be the "all-rounder I want to be for the foreseeable future". The country's Test captain has informed the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) about his decision, two months ahead of the showpiece that will be held in the USA and West Indies. "I'm working hard and focusing on building my bowling fitness back up to fulfil a full role as an all-rounder in all formats of cricket. "Opting out of the IPL and the Wor...
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Ben Stokes opts out of England’s T20 World Cup title defence | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The England Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Tuesday that all-rounder Ben Stokes has chosen not to be selected for this year's Twenty20 World Cup in order to concentrate on getting fitter for the summer's Test matches.The reigning T20 World Cup champions are England, who won their second championship in Australia in 2022.In addition, the ECB stated that Stokes' main goal "is to get fully fit to bowl" in the forthcoming Test series against Sri Lanka and the West Indies.Stokes had surgery in November to address a knee problem that was impeding his ability to bowl consistently."I'm working hard and focusing on building my bowling fitness back up to fulfill a full role as an all-rounder in all formats of cricket," Stokes, England's Test captain, said in a statemen...
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Ben Stokes opts out of T20 World Cup

[ad_1] England Test captain Ben Stokes on Tuesday has opted out from the T20 World Cup, which will be played the USA and West Indies in June, the England Cricket Board (ECB) has said in a statement. “Ben Stokes has confirmed today that he does not wish to be considered for selection ahead of this summer’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup,” said ECB. Stokes, who only bowled in the fifth and final Test match against India in Dharamsala wants to get fully fit to bowl not only for the three-match Test series’ against West Indies and Sri Lanka respectively, but for all cricket in the future. “I’m working hard and focusing on building my bowling fitness back up to fulfil a full role as an all-rounder in all formats of cricket,” said Stokes. “Opting out of the IPL and the World Cup will hopefully be...
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Zak Crawley wants ‘Bazball’ adjustments after England’s Test series defeat to India | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: England opener Zak Crawley emphasized the need for his team to maintain a positive outlook while making necessary adjustments to their aggressive approach in test cricket following their recent 4-1 series defeat in India.Despite India's victory in the series, which included a comeback after losing the first test, England's highly touted "Bazball" strategy, championed by skipper Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon 'Baz' McCullum, faced significant scrutiny from cricket pundits and former captains like Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton.Addressing England's approach, Crawley, who amassed 407 runs in the series, highlighted the importance of refinement rather than a complete overhaul. He stated to reporters, "It just needs a bit of refinement. We always talk about absorbing...
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My place in the team is not a given: James Anderson | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: England's veteran fast bowler James Anderson is determined to prove himself worthy of a spot in the national Test squad ahead of the upcoming home summer series, despite his illustrious career and status as the first fast bowler to claim 700 Test wickets.In an interview with the BBC Tailenders podcast, the 41-year-old expressed his desire to continue performing at his best and contribute to the team's success in the upcoming three-match series against West Indies in July and Sri Lanka in August-September."I want to make sure I'm playing well and earn my place in the team," Anderson emphasized, highlighting his commitment to maintaining high standards and competing for his position.Despite his age, Anderson believes he is currently in the "best shape" of his life, attrib...
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Geoffrey Boycott’s blunt take on James Anderson: ‘England cannot keep wrapping him in cotton wool and picking him on sentiment’

[ad_1] Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott has made a scathing attack on Ben Stokes and co after their dismal show in the recently-concluded five-match Test series against India. England started the five-match series with a win at Hyderabad but it went progressively worse for them and ended up losing the series 1-4. “Stokes says they will learn from this tour. I am not convinced. They will go back home and revert to type and beat ordinary West Indies and Sri Lanka teams and India will be forgotten as a distant memory, “wrote Boycott in his column in The Telegraph. England’s Joe Root plays a shot in the fourth Test between India and England at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi. (PTI Photo) Boycott was also critical of the overtly aggressive approach of England batter...
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Has 4-1 hammering in India changed the cult of Bazball? ‘It’s not a binary choice between fun or winning’

[ad_1] The margin of defeat was definitive. 4-1. The aura felt gone. The Bazballers had arrived on these shores touted as serious foes. But eight weeks later, they shared the same fate as any other Test side to visit India over the past decade. But was it enough to sway away the believers of Bazball? Not so soon. “From a fan perspective. I love it,” Simon Finch, The Barmy Army’s lead trumpeter since 2020, tells The Indian Express. “Before Stokes and McCullum, we won only one game out of 17. England are a much-improved side and I think they will continue to improve, and no matter what, we will be there supporting them.” But while Finch’s Bollywood renditions at Indian venues may have been a big hit, England’s cricket was anything but. “It’s wanting to be a better player,” captain Ben Stok...
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‘He gave the ball to a…’: Ian Chappell criticizes Ben Stokes’ captaincy in India series | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has delivered a scathing critique of England skipper Ben Stokes' captaincy, attributing India's series-sealing victory in the fourth Test to a critical lapse in strategy at a pivotal juncture.In his assessment, Chappell pointed out a pivotal moment in the fourth Test at Ranchi where Stokes' decision-making came under scrutiny.According to Chappell, Stokes' choice to utilize part-time spinner Joe Root instead of deploying the experienced Jimmy Anderson on the third evening of the Test allowed India to gain momentum, ultimately shifting the balance of the match in their favor.Chappell articulated his viewpoint, stating, "On the third evening Stokes desperately needed to start India's chase with his best two bowlers and try to claim at...
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‘England appeared to get carried away…’: Brendon McCullum, Ben Stokes contemplate strategy overhaul | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Following England's comprehensive 1-4 Test series defeat against India, coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes are grappling with critical decisions as they seek to rejuvenate the team's fortunes in the longest format of the game.In the aftermath of the series loss, McCullum acknowledged the need for introspection, stating, "We will allow the dust and hurt to settle a bit and then use that to make changes we need to ensure we are a better version of what we have started out as."The defeat in India has raised questions about England's aggressive playing style, with McCullum alluding to the need for refinement. He highlighted instances where England appeared to stray from their game plan, such as Joe Root's dismissal in the third Test, noting, "There were times whe...
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We will be back, asserts Stokes, but will Bazball evolve after the India debacle?

[ad_1] It’s a break Bazball would have craved for. The most repeated word in cricket over the last two years, even inked in the dictionary, would slip into the edge of memory for the next four months, as white-ball cricket would take over; Brendon McCullum, Ben Stokes, and their Bazballers would now reunite only in July.“Nothing would change (during the break),” Stokes would insist. Or would they? It was the question, framed and phrased differently, posed repeatedly at Stokes after the defeat in Dharamsala. The England captain was defiant and idealistic, producing an album of quotations wherein he sounded Buddha, Bollywood bad boy and management guru rolled into one. Sample this: “Failure is a great teacher to sports teams. You either let failure and disappointment eat you up and shoot y...
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Michael Vaughan calls Ben Stokes’ England ‘a backroom team made up of cheerleaders’ after 4-1 loss to India

[ad_1] Despite having won the first of five Tests in their tour of India, the Ben Stokes-led England team have been at the receiving end of criticism owing to a 4-1 routing from the hosts, wrapped up by an innings and 64 runs defeat in less than three days in the Dharamsala Test. One of the critics has been former England skipper Michael Vaughan, who termed the side as a ‘a backroom team made up of cheerleaders’. “I am not one for old-school preparation, with three first-class matches at the start of a tour. Those days are gone, and it’s not needed. But surely with two long breaks, you need to get some cricket into the outside of the team, so they are ready if required, and to keep those in the XI on their toes. It also might help players in the team find form. By doing nothing, you get ...
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Ind vs Eng Test series | I don’t think Rohit has been superior as captain, his bowlers did the trick, says Graeme Swann

[ad_1] Captain Rohit Sharma shakes hands with English counterpart Ben Stokes after winning the fifth Test Match in Dharamsala. | Photo Credit: Gareth Copley Former England spinner Graeme Swann doesn't believe Rohit Sharma's captaincy was better than Ben Stokes' in the five-match Test series. Rather, it was a lethal set of bowlers that "did the trick" for the India skipper. While Stokes' leadership style has attracted all the attention prior to and during the series, Rohit's team emerged 4-1 winners in the end. "I don't think he has been superior as a captain because his bowlers have done the trick for him. I think he's got more weapons at his armoury," Swann told PTI Videos in an exclusive chat after India inflicted an innings and 64-run defeat on England in the fifth and final Test in ...
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‘I can’t believe I’m hearing this…’: Mark Waugh disagrees with Alastair Cook’s ‘they’re not robots’ defense | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: England faced a crushing defeat by an innings and 64 runs in the culmination of the five-match series in Dharamsala on Saturday, marking a disappointing end to their tour of India. Despite showcasing some resilience in earlier Tests, Ben Stokes' side faltered in the final match, drawing criticism from former cricketers.Former England cricketer Alastair Cook came to the defense of the team, emphasizing the human aspect of the game."They're not robots," Cook remarked, acknowledging the challenges faced by players during extended tours. Cook, who led England to victory in India in 2012, highlighted the mental and physical toll of such demanding tours.However, Australian cricketing legend Mark Waugh expressed disbelief at Cook's comments, suggesting that international crick...
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Ben Stokes’ poor India series: Nasser Hussain tells England captain and team to ‘look at your game and improve’

[ad_1] England skipper Ben Stokes could only manage 199 runs from five matches at an average of 19.90 in the series against India. Stokes started the series with a 70 in Hyderabad when the side was in trouble. However, as the series went on the form of the skipper declined significantly and the all-rounder struggled to deal with the Indian spinners. “Ben Stokes had a poor series with the bat. Maybe because he is playing only with the bat. Just look at your own game and improve,” wrote Nasser Hussain in his column for Sky Sports. Ahead of the series, Stokes would have knee surgery which would mean that his contributions with the ball were limited. Playing as a pure batter the England skipper could not provide any resistance to the collapse of the batting order which was a recurring tren...
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5th Test: How India reigned at home again as England grappled with ‘Bazball’ doubts | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] Dharamshala Test ends in a hurry as a young, hungry and unafraid Team India serves a marker for the future with an emphatic 4-1 series win against an England team bent upon throwing caution to the windDHARAMSHALA: “And I’m free, free fallin’.” As Tom Petty’s distinctive voice echoed beneath the mountains, England did some domino dancing of their own out in the middle.They came here having already lost the series. Within three days, they lost their bearings too. On Saturday morning, India had added only four more runs to their kitty before folding up. James Anderson had foxed Kuldeep Yadav for his milestone 700th wicket. There was back-slapping and celebration and good cheer. It was history in the making. Already spirits seemed high in the English camp. They were still a mammoth 25...
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‘Bazball, Batti Gull…’: Virender Sehwag tears into England for failing miserably | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag, known for his straight talk, once again slammed England for failing miserably and thereby losing the five-match Test series 1-4 against India.England started off with a bang by winning the first Test in Hyderabad, but after that, they couldn't get hold of things and were completely clueless in the next four Tests.Sehwag couldn't put a check on his feelings as he came out with a long and stern post on social media platform X after India's innings victory over England in the fifth and final Test in Dharamsala."Bazball, Batti Gull. There needs to be a method to madness. England simply didn’t have the game to match and looked clueless particularly after the second test match.The captain failing miserably only added to their woes and the...
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I was just thinking of taking the bowlers down: Yashasvi Jaiswal | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Yashasvi Jaiswal, who clinched the Player-of-the-Series award on Saturday, credited his remarkable success in the five-Test series against England to his unrestrained approach while opening the innings.Jaiswal concluded the series with an impressive tally of 712 runs, including two centuries and three half-centuries, maintaining an average of 89 and a striking rate of 80."I was just thinking if I can take a bowler down, I will take him down. That's the plan and there was no backing out," said Jaiswal during the post-series presentation.Nevertheless, the left-hander, who joined the ranks as the second Indian to amass over 700 runs in a series following Sunil Gavaskar, expressed his desire to stay grounded."I really enjoyed the series. I am trying to take it one game at a...