Australia’s Steve Smith says England’s ‘bazzball’ is ‘good fun to play’

Australia's Steve Smith says England's 'bazzball' is 'good fun to play'

Australian hitter Steve Smith questioned whether England’s new offensive approach is “sustainable”.

Journalists heard Smith shouting ‘Bazzball’. After hitting a hard kick in net practice ahead of his team’s Test match against Sri Lanka in Galle.

It’s a phrase that England has used this summer to describe a consistently positive attitude under the leadership of Brendon McCullum, nicknamed ‘Baz’, and Ben Stokes.

Smith is eyeing his country’s rivals the Ashes, who were beaten 4-0 at Down Under last winter, but have won their last four games and chased down a record 378 against India this week.

“Guys keep joking about it — I think Ronnie (Coach Andrew McDonald) is tired of hearing about Buzzball to be honest — it’s good fun to play with,” Smith said.

“It’s been exciting. I’m just curious to see how long it lasts, if it’s sustainable. If you go to a wicket that has some grass on it and Josh Hazlewood, (Pat) Cummins and ( Michelle) Stark is rolling on you, so will it be the same?

“I’m curious by all of this. Will it work every time? I don’t know.”

Australian hitter Steve Smith questioned whether England’s new offensive approach is “sustainable”.

Journalists heard Smith shouting ‘Bazzball’. After hitting a hard kick in net practice ahead of his team’s Test match against Sri Lanka in Galle.

It’s a phrase that England has used this summer to describe a consistently positive attitude under the leadership of Brendon McCullum, nicknamed ‘Baz’, and Ben Stokes.

Smith is eyeing his country’s rivals the Ashes, who were beaten 4-0 at Down Under last winter, but have won their last four games and chased down a record 378 against India this week.

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“Guys keep joking about it — I think Ronnie (Coach Andrew McDonald) is tired of hearing about Buzzball to be honest — it’s good fun to play with,” Smith said.

“It’s been exciting. I’m just curious to see how long it lasts, if it’s sustainable. If you go to a wicket that has some grass on it and Josh Hazlewood, (Pat) Cummins and ( Michelle) Stark is rolling on you, so will it be the same?

“I’m curious by all of this. Will it work every time? I don’t know.”

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