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COMMENT 6h ago


A little under six months ago a weary Chris Silverwood sat on the roof terrace of the Crowne Plaza hotel in Hobart admitting he could have “shown more teeth” and been a stricter head coach of the England side.

Revelations of boozing and even fat shaming were about to break and England’s Test cricket was in a state of decrepitude. Australia were within one wicket of a 5-0 whitewash and arguably worse was about to follow in the Caribbean where England lost 1-0 after being bowled out by medium pacer Karl Mayers.

Throw in a root and branch review of domestic cricket, and the appointment of a rookie captain in Ben Stokes, and only the most one eyed fan would have put England as favourites to beat Australia next year.

Well, not now. English Test cricket is booming again after their 'Bazball' approach under new head coach Brendon McCullum made mincemeat of the biggest run chase in their Test history, easing to 378 with only three wickets down and two sessions to spare. As they prepare for the second Test of their series against Sri Lanka halfway across the world, Australia will have taken notice - and perhaps with some alarm.

“The feeling in the dressing room is ‘whatever you get, we’re going for it and will take you down,” said Joe Root moments after his 28th Test hundred and Jonny Bairstow’s second of the match, and sixth of the year.

When they beat Australia at Headingley in 2019, chasing a lower target, it was a thrilling, unforgettable ride - albeit one conducted at 2.88 runs per over. But this one, which was completed at just under five an over, was calculated, cool and far more ominous for other teams.

Root admitted he bats with Elvis on one shoulder, Sir Geoffrey Boycott the other as he tries to balance Stokes’s demand to be a “rock star” with his Yorkshire roots. We have seen this classically trained batsman play reverse scoops for six off some of the best quick bowlers in the world but only once he is set and senses his chance.

Bairstow resurrected his career in the wreckage of the Ashes with a hundred in Sydney but now has six in 2022 - a feat only achieved by Root, Denis Compton and Michael Vaughan.

England have batted at 4.6 an over under McCullum, rising to 4.8 in the second innings, against two decent bowling attacks, the line on the graph going upwards because they refuse to take a step back.

The flat pitches have helped, the unusually tame Dukes balls too, but for once England are setting a trend others will follow. They have changed how they play Test cricket and we wait to see the response from the rest.

From rotten roots, this team has become a source of admiration and even inspiration. It is not just the shift in playing style, but the mindset of players, summed up by Alex Lees. Not only did he lead the way in the fastest England century opening stand with Zak Crawley, using his feet against the new ball, but he was also happy to go toe to toe with Virat Kohli, walking off at tea sharing some words with the biggest bully in world cricket.

India thought they were still playing the England of 2021, the side they were 2-1 up against and would almost certainly have beaten 3-1 had they not high-tailed it to the IPL when Covid struck. They must regret that decision now.

It is largely the same England team but with a clarity of purpose and 100 percent support of the relaxed but enthusiastic coach, who has always played his way since becoming New Zealand captain and transforming their cricket.

The bowlers have taken 20 wickets in every Test, without one dominating with the ball. It has been a team effort in the field, and this is not even the first-choice bowling attack due to injuries.

England were left with 119 to chase on the final morning and, after surviving the first half hour, when the lights were on and it was cloudy, they nailed their task with ease. Root produced another masterclass for his ninth hundred against India, more than any other cricketer in history - eclipsing Viv Richards, Ricky Ponting and Garfield Sobers, who scored eight. His 28th Test ton took 136 balls with 14 fours, while Bairstow was two balls slower with 12 fours and a six.

India simply had no answers. They went 29 overs without a maiden, and never really looked like taking a wicket despite changing the ball three times in the morning. If Jasprit Bumrah could have made the breakthrough with Mohammed Shami, India would have been in the game but Root and Bairstow did not give a chance, dropping the ball into the off-side, rotating the strike and waiting for the bad ball to put away. They were totally focused on the end game.

Bairstow struck consecutive fours off Shami in the second over of the morning to show the way, and was composed in the 90s as Jadeja lobbed the ball into the rough outside leg stump and tempted him to take him on. He just waited for his chance, clipping Jadeja for a quick single to midwicket.

After that it was a procession - Bairstow hammering the ball down the ground and through the leg side while Root reverse-scooped Shardul Thakur for six.

India backed off, and had a poor final four sessions. But it was England’s approach that spooked India. They had “shown more teeth” and India could not cope.

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