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England have sounded ‘alarm bells around world cricket’, claims Brendon McCullum

England have set ‘world cricket alarm bells’ ringing after New Zealand’s sparkling whitewash, claims Brendon McCullum, as head coach prepares for more ‘Baz-ball’ against Test world champions, India

  • England whitewashed New Zealand 3-0 with their new ‘Baz-ball’ style batting
  • Brendon McCullum feels ‘alarm bells’ have now sounded in the world of cricket
  • Jonny Bairstow hit 369 runs from 293 balls in his last three innings of the series
  • McCullum admitted England’s batters still need to figure out ‘where the line is’
  • England take on India in a postponed one-off test at Edgbaston on Friday
  • The head coach hopes the exciting hitting style will inspire future generations

Brendon McCullum believes ‘alarm bells’ have been sounded for England’s Test opponents as they prepare to build on their whitewashed New Zealand by taking on India in Edgbaston on Friday.

England scored an over at 4.54 in their 3-0 win over the world champions, reducing tricky chases to cakewalks – and they will rush the New Zealanders to fourth in the Test rankings if they can beat India in a competition postponed from last summer due to Covid and the IPL.

“It’s going to be pretty fun to watch a new opponent,” McCullum said.

Head coach Brendon McCullum thinks 'alarm bells' have been sounded for the English Test opponents

Head coach Brendon McCullum thinks ‘alarm bells’ have been sounded for the English Test opponents

England's fearless at bat helped deliver a whitewash 3-0 series win against New Zealand

England’s fearless at bat helped deliver a whitewash 3-0 series win against New Zealand

“The Tests world champion was a formidable opponent to overcome, and the alarm bells have probably gone off a bit around world cricket about how this team is going to play.”

When asked if he would be the one to bring in his team if they took their attacking approach too far, the England Test coach replied: “I hope we go too far because then we know exactly where that line is. Until you do that, you won’t know for sure.

“We’ve seen it with the English white-ball stuff – there’s been times when they’ve probably pushed too hard, and then they know it.

“I think it will be the same with us, and we need to keep exploring what that line is.”

England No 5 Jonny Bairstow hit 369 runs from 293 balls in his last three innings

England No 5 Jonny Bairstow hit 369 runs from 293 balls in his last three innings

Ex-captain Joe Root maintained his batting form with scores of 115*, 176 and 86* throughout the series

Ex-captain Joe Root maintained his batting form with scores of 115*, 176 and 86* throughout the series

McCullum echoed captain Ben Stokes’ message after Monday’s win at Headingley, where he said aspiring Test batsmen would have to take a leaf out of England’s aggression if they wanted to take part in the red-ball revolution.

And he held up Jonny Bairstow, who busted 369 runs from 293 balls in his last three innings of the series, with 46 fours and 10 sixes.

‘If I were a young player in county cricket and I saw what our number 5 for England is doing right now,’ McCullum said, ‘I would probably try to play that way myself to make sure I stand out.’

As a result of England’s new approach, he believes the gap between the Test and the one-day teams, so long regarded as separate entities with different philosophies, could be narrowing.

McCullum and new test captain Ben Stokes (right) have committed to an exciting new style

McCullum and new test captain Ben Stokes (right) have committed to an exciting new style

But for now, he’s happy to explain why he believes ‘Baz-ball’ got off to such an exciting start.

“Enjoy the game with your friends and understand that as an international cricketer you have a limited time, rather than being paralyzed by performance anxiety or the noise,” he said.

‘The skipper has taken them on a journey. I have tried to fill in the gaps where necessary, and they have immediate satisfaction for that change.

“It doesn’t always happen. But that’s why those guys love this style so much.’

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