England captain Ben Stokes vows Bazball will proceed in Ashes


England captain Ben Stokes says he is not going to make allowances for Australia and alter his model for the Ashes as that may render all of the progress of the final 12 months “utterly pointless”.

The so-called ‘Bazball’ revolution has seen the Check aspect flourish beneath the management of the all-rounder in partnership with coach and former New Zealand worldwide Brendon McCullum, with the staff having claimed 11 wins in 13 matches.

Edgbaston hosts the opening Ashes Check, beginning Friday, and Stokes says regardless of the historical past between the 2 sides, the standard of the opposition and what’s at stake, he wouldn’t deviate from their attacking game-plan in opposition to the newly topped World Check Championship winners.

“Nothing goes to alter as a result of we’ve had unbelievable success with it,” Stokes, who stated his precedence was to make every little thing “enjoyable”, informed BBC Check Match Particular.

“If we had been to alter something from the final 12 months as a result of we discover ourselves in an Ashes collection then something from the final 12 months can have been utterly pointless.”

“Even earlier than getting collectively as a Check staff for the primary time with me as captain, there was one easy factor I stated I needed to be doing and that was being utterly true to myself.

“I needed to keep true to how I’ve gone about issues as a participant, and do them as a captain. I had 85 or 86 video games earlier than I bought made captain, and the fellows that I’ve performed with knew me as an individual and a participant.

“So if I grew to become captain and began doing issues utterly otherwise to what they knew me for, it could increase a couple of eyebrows.”




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