South Africa captain Dean Elgar says he does not fear “Bazball” as the Proteas seek to inflict England’s first Test defeat of their swashbuckling new era under the leadership of Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum.
After a dismal run of just one victory in 17 Tests, England have won four from four under new skipper Stokes and coach McCullum heading into their series opener against South Africa at Lord’s on Wednesday.
That includes a 3-0 series win over world champions New Zealand, with England hunting down challenging targets on each occasion.
Stokes’s men then made light of a seemingly stiff target of 378 in the Covid-delayed fifth Test against India at Edgbaston, romping to victory by seven wickets.
“Bazball” — a reference to McCullum’s nickname — has revitalised England’s red-ball fortunes at a time of renewed debate about the future of the five-day game.