England batting coach, Marcus Trescothick, revealed his thoughts on the Bazball attacking methods of Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes.
“There is a bit more method to the madness. It’s not just about you know, ‘Let’s go gung-ho and just be ultra-aggressive’. The mantra is (to) try and point pressure on bowlers and try and find opportunities that we can move the game forward,” Trescothick told SENZ radio.
‘Brendon looking to evolve the approach of the team’ – Marcus Trescothick on McCullum’s impact on the team
“It kind of started with Brendon coming in and sort of looking to evolve the approach of the team. And then you’ve got the skipper in Ben Stokes also looking to try and do things slightly differently to give the team a different angle and a different way of playing the game,” Trescothick said.
“I think encouraging them to be more aggressive and to be a bit more free, which then allows us as coaches to then follow through with that ethos and keep pushing the guys towards the danger if you like and keep pushing them to try and find different approaches, find a different way of playing this game,” he added.
“We had a period of time beforehand where it didn’t go so well but we needed to move the game forward so it’s kind of breeding itself now. The guys have had success doing it and they’re finding and looking at opportunities where they can go out and be a bit more aggressive and the proof has been in the pudding. We’ve won 10 out of 11 games on the bounce and it’s like, this is pretty good at what we’re trying to do,” he said.
“It’s great to see it filtering down from us up here at the top down the Lions and hopefully into county cricket as well. I feel like heading into the summer we’re in a position where we’ve got that. I think we’ve got a great crop of fast bowlers coming through England at the moment and it’s exciting,” the former England opener concluded.