Bazball vs Boland: The unstoppable force against the immovable object

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 09: Joe Root and Ben Stokes of England walk out after lunch during day five of the Fourth Test Match in the Ashes series between Australia and England at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 09, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

One of the most interesting stylistic clashes in cricket will occur in the Ashes when the seemingly error-free Australian cult hero Scott Boland will hold up an end against the dynamic batting of England.

The English media have been quick to proclaim the dawn of a new era of Test match batting, while the Australians have swiftly pointed out that they haven’t come up against the vaunted Australian bowling line-up yet.

Media pundits have also used the example of India’s top order in the WTC final to argue over what would happen against those that try to attack the Australian bowling line-up.

However, the difference between ‘Bazball’ and India in the final is still quite different. While the Indian batters did adopt a more attacking approach, it was still rather conventional.

The big key for England under the stewardship of Brendan McCullum has not just been about the rate at which they have scored, but the methods that they have employed when scoring quickly.

The English batters are always on the move, utilising tactics commonly seen in

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