Brendon McCullum, coach of England, has warned their forthcoming opponents, Pakistan, that his team would attack aggressively. Even though McCullum’s bold approach has been quite successful for England since he was named coach earlier this year, it will be put to the test once again on Thursday when England begins a three-Test series in Pakistan.
With Pakistan still in the running to make it to the World Test Championship final at The Oval next year, this series is crucial. But first, they need to get some wins against England, which won’t be easy given how McCullum’s offensive unit has been playing with the red ball as of late.
Since McCullum took over as the coach in May, England has won six of seven Test matches they have played. Players like Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Joe Root, and evergreen quick Jimmy Anderson have flourished under McCullum’s guidance.
Even if their aggressive approach is costing them the game, McCullum wants his team to keep attacking Pakistan. McCullum feels responsible for the sport’s continued success and wants to provide exciting games for spectators. Mark Wood, England’s standout fast-bowler, was injured in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, and as a result, he will be unable to play in the upcoming first Test in Rawalpindi.
In his absence, Ollie Robinson and Jamie Overton might be called upon to join Anderson. Jack Leach and uncapped youngster Rehan Ahmed are in the team to provide spin options if the pitch is expected to aid the slower bowlers.
“We’ll be pushing for results but we want to play entertaining cricket,” McCullum told BBC Sport. “There may be a time where you risk losing to win and if Pakistan is good enough to beat us, that’s cool too,” he added.
— Sameet Bhaturkar (@SameetBhaturkar) November 29, 2022
Brendon McCullum destroyed KKR last IPL season. He will do the same to English Test team! https://t.co/VApU94zOXK
— Ved (@don__returns) November 29, 2022
You'll get Roads there. So That's Quite Easy To Do Blind Slogging https://t.co/P94iX8lT32
— Fan Of YouAreWrong❤️🐾 (@fan_of_huihui__) November 29, 2022
Maybe an easy task against indian 110kmph bowlers
..not against pakistan
— aseem (@Adil45160212) November 29, 2022
RIP in advance Pakistan 😂😂😂😂
— Cricket Crazy (@CricketCrazy00) November 29, 2022
This time Shaheen is also not there… I can see pakis getting hammered from all sides
— K. I. N. G 18🇵🇹 (@stankohli18) November 29, 2022