Australian spinner Nathan Lyon shares his honest thoughts on England’s ‘bazball’ approach

The innovative Test playing style adopted by England, commonly known as ‘Bazball’ under the influence of Test head coach Brendon McCullum, has become a global phenomenon. This aggressive approach, prominently featured during the Ashes series 2023, has stirred discussions within the cricketing community.

The 2023 Ashes Series and Nathan Lyon’s injury impact

The gripping five-match Ashes series concluded with a 2-2 draw, showcasing England’s resilient comeback after trailing 0-2 post the second Test at Lord’s. A pivotal moment in the series occurred when Australian spinner Nathan Lyon sustained a calf injury, sidelining him for subsequent games. Lyon’s absence played a significant role as Australia faced defeats in Headingley and the Oval, missing the chance to secure their first Test series win in England since 2001.

Lyon’s perspective of ‘Bazball’

In a candid interview on the Australian television show ‘Behind a Bar,’ Lyon expressed both skepticism and amusement regarding England’s ‘Bazball’ strategy. When asked about the meaning of ‘Bazball,’ Lyon responded with a straightforward comment, claiming he is already “2-0 up against it” and seemed content with that assessment. The 36-year-old found humor in the fact that ‘Bazball’ had been officially recognized by adding the term to a dictionary earlier in the year.

“Well I’m 2-0 against Bazball so I’m pretty happy about it. To me it’s a load of s*** if you ask me. It’s a brand of cricket that the English want to keep going, now it’s in the dictionary which is pretty remarkable,” Lyon was quoted as saying by The Mirror.

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David Warner as an aggressive batting example

Expanding on his viewpoint, Lyon cited David Warner as an illustration of aggressive batting, emphasizing that this style is not a recent development. Warner, renowned for his attacking approach, served as an example of successful aggression in batting before the ‘Bazball’ era.

“I look at the Australian cricket team and the batters we’ve had, David Warner for example… I’ve seen him score hundreds in a session… and that’s off playing an attacking brand of cricket. “I think there’s a lot of smoke and mirrors with BazBall, if I’m being honest with you, and I feel like if you’re going to play an aggressive brand of cricket anyway, it’s about being able to go up and down in gears and understanding the moments in the game,” the New South Wakes-born cricketer concluded.

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