Boycott Criticizes England’s Embrace of ‘Bazball’ as Circus-like Approach

Ben Stokes

Geoffrey Boycott has strongly criticized England’s popular Bazball approach, suggesting that if their focus is on entertaining the crowd rather than winning matches, they might as well be a circus. Under the guidance of head coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes, England’s aggressive style of play has yielded significant success. Despite their loss at Edgbaston, England has won 11 out of their last 14 games.

Stokes’ decision to declare on the first day with a score of 393 raised some eyebrows, but England remains committed to their strategy for future matches. Despite the defeat, Stokes and others have expressed their intention to continue playing in the Bazball manner.

In Ollie Robinson’s Wisden column, McCullum reportedly told the players that they had won because they put Australia on the defensive and captivated the spectators.

England was winning every session, lost the Test: Boycott

Geoffrey Boycott strongly criticized the Bazball approach and expressed his disapproval. Speaking on the Vaughany and Tuffers Cricket Club podcast, Boycott stated that England had lost focus on winning and had become too focused on entertaining the crowd. He likened this approach to being a circus instead of a competitive team.

“I liked the cricket; it had you on the edge of your seat. England was winning every session, but they lost the game, and that should teach them something going into the next Test. They failed to remember that their primary goal was to win, after that, if you want to amuse the crowd, go ahead,”

Boycott stated.

boycott further said:

“But why can’t you entertain the crowd while winning?”You stop thinking when you get ahead of yourself, and that’s what England did.””I know what the answer will be if you ask people in England if they want to be entertained and lose the Ashes or do they want to win the Ashes?”

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