“Wild Arrogance On Part Of England…”: Ex-Australia Star’s Startling Take
Former Australian fast bowler Brett Geeves believes England’s ultra-aggressive approach is likely to return during the Ashes, adding that the declaration on the first day of the first Test at Edgbaston was a sign of “wild arrogance” on Ben Stokes side. England had declared their first innings on 393 for eight despite Joe Root batting on 118 not out, and the home side could easily have scored a few more, which could have given them a psychological advantage. Many experts criticized the decision to confirm and Australia won the thrilling Test by two wickets.
Geeves, who played one ODI and two T20Is for Australia and became a first-class bowler, said ‘Bazball’ – the term coined for England’s overly aggressive and focused style of play – was likely to work. on results – against Australia. .
“It (Bazball) makes them (England) fail and for me it feels like ‘even if we lose we’re playing the best cricket and we’ve won anyway,'” Geeves told Sen Radio on Saturday.
“That’s not how it works. Especially against Australia in the Ashes,” opined the 41-year-old.
He said it was “disrespectful” for England coach Brendon McCullum to tell his players he was proud of them despite the defeat. Geeves said the coach was undermining the Australian’s efforts to say this.
“There was (an) article I was reading that Brendon McCullum mentions in terms of their loss, they’re in the changing rooms and Brendon spoke first and he says; ‘Boys, I’m very proud of the effort you put in. We have made the game what it was, we were so close to an unbelievable win. We played all the cricket in the game. If it wasn’t for us the Australians wouldn’t even have had a chance to win get’. ” “It’s just a really disrespectful approach to Pat Cummins’ performances and the performance of the run chase and their ability to keep England at 276 in the best batting conditions of the game.” Australian skipper Cummins scored an unbeaten 44 and partner Nathan Lyon 16 not out, when the chips were down, to take the visitors to the winning target of 282 set by England.
Geeves indicated that Australia have a few tricks up their sleeve and will continue to improve as the five-Test series progresses.
“Australia has still improved somewhat. They will get a bit more out of their batting line up as the series progresses and strategically if they can get their minds right in terms of fielding and strategy I think they will do very well .
“Especially if England have this attitude of wild arrogance and that’s what that declaration was. It was wildly arrogant to think that (8/393) was enough in the first innings on a very flat wicket.
“And yes, indeed, they (Australia) won the game behind the ridiculously dumb declaration of the English. There is no doubt that England played a part in their victory.” He said that if England had not declared and scored another 50-60 runs, they could have batted Australia out of the tournament.
“They (England) could have come back the next day and tried to bat for another 50 or 60 runs which would have put Australia out of the game, only one team could have won the game if they’d got 450 or 460 and it was England,” he said.
“It’s because of the arrogance of their approach to the game. 8/393 declared, you don’t do that in Test cricket. You don’t do that over a five-day game when Joe Root is not 118 out.” The second Test at Lord’s begins on June 28.
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