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‘Got carried away…’: McCullum contemplates strategy overhaul

NEW DELHI: Following

England

‘s comprehensive 1-4 Test series defeat against India, coach

Brendon McCullum

and captain

Ben Stokes

are grappling with critical decisions as they seek to rejuvenate the team’s fortunes in the longest format of the game.
In the aftermath of the series loss, McCullum acknowledged the need for introspection, stating, “We will allow the dust and hurt to settle a bit and then use that to make changes we need to ensure we are a better version of what we have started out as.”

The defeat in India has raised questions about England’s aggressive playing style, with McCullum alluding to the need for refinement. He highlighted instances where England appeared to stray from their game plan, such as

Joe Root

‘s dismissal in the third Test, noting, “There were times when England appeared to get carried away with their own rhetoric.”

Amidst discussions about the team’s direction, doubts have surfaced regarding the future of veteran player

Jonny Bairstow

, who struggled during the series in India.
McCullum’s remarks suggest that Bairstow’s role in the team may undergo scrutiny, stating, “Writing off Jonny Bairstow’s Test career has often served only to inspire him to greater heights.”

Another area of concern for England is the transition of spinners

Tom Hartley

and

Shoaib Bashir

from the subcontinent to English conditions.
McCullum emphasized the importance of providing opportunities for the young spinners in county cricket, stating, “It will be frustrating if they weren’t given opportunities at county level.”
As England navigate through this period of introspection, they face a crucial juncture in their Test cricket journey. With the next red-ball fixture against the West Indies not scheduled until July, McCullum, Stokes, and the England management have ample time to conduct a thorough review and implement necessary changes to revitalize the team’s performance on the international stage.
(With inputs from AFP)