‘It might not survive’: Bazball is a cult and Poms should be embarrassed about claiming they’re Test cricket’s saviours

‘It might not survive’: Bazball is a cult and Poms should be embarrassed about claiming they’re Test cricket’s saviours

After two days of nauseating self congratulation over the lukewarm success of Bazball, it was hard to imagine England’s cricket team and fans could sink any further into the depths of delusion. Welcome to the microphone, Paul Collingwood.

There’s an almost cultish fervour in the Pommy ranks about the concept of Bazball – the chaos theory approach that has, in this series so far, led to Ben Stokes making an interesting declaration call, and attempting to rattle Steve Smith by giving the ball to a part-time seamer, but little else.

After a day two of the series where the English media claimed Australia had been “emasculated” and the fans taunted the tourists as boring, assistant coach Collingwood went to the pulpit of the post-match press conference to claim England as the likely saviour of Test cricket.

The former England player – famously roasted by Shane Warne after the thrilling 2005 series (“you got an MBE, right? For scoring seven at The Oval? That’s embarrassing”) – suggested Test cricket might not survive without the entertainment Baz

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