Ben Stokes said on Tuesday he was happy to hear South Africa players talking about England’s new swashbuckling “Bazball” approach ahead of the first Test at Lord’s even as he has distanced himself from the hype.
Speaking last week, South Africa captain Dean Elgar said he had “absolutely no interest” in England’s rebooted style, which has delivered four wins out of four so far under the new leadership team of skipper Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum.
“Bazball” is a reference to McCullum’s nickname and Elgar also suggested he was sceptical about how successful it would be in the long term in the five-day format.
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