What is the new brand of cricket playing England under McCullum, Baezball?

India vs England 5th Test: if you have been After the fifth and last test match between India and EnglandYou must have heard the word ‘Bazzball’. The term has been used by commentators and fans on TV during the discussion of Test matches on Twitter and other social media platforms. England assistant coach Paul Collingwood used this word again while praising Rishabh Pant’s scintillating innings In the first innings of the same Test at Edgbaston. He said the way Pant batted, he came out playing a little buzzball. But what is this term, you might be wondering? So let us explain that for you, to find more context.

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What is Buzzball?

He said, “Pant came out to play a little buzzball as everyone calls it. When you have a little moisture in the pitch, you have a chance to take early wickets, which we did. We are going against it. The grain of most of the cricket we’ve played in the last 100 years… We’re trying to play as positively as possible and play entertaining cricket. Ben (Stokes) is not going to step backwards,” Collingwood had said.

Bazball is a term coined by the England team. It alludes to the aggressive and entertaining brand of cricket that England aims to play in Test matches under their new coach, Brendon McCullum. McCullum, popularly known as Baaz since his playing days, batted with the same approach, i.e. attacking and scoring runs and putting the bowlers under pressure. New Zealand’s Test team reached new heights under his captaincy. He also went ahead as captain as it made him a better batsman.

As head coach of England’s men’s side, McCullum brought the same approach with him and applied it to the first Test series as coach versus New Zealand. The hosts beat the Black Caps 3–0 and the ‘Bazzball’ talks began from there. In the second innings of the second Test, skipper Stokes and Jonny Bairstow chased down a total of 150 runs in 16 overs. That was ‘bazzball’ cricket, something which Stokes said he would continue to play in Tests versus India and future Tests as well.