The ‘Buzzball’ Effect – A Closer Look at Test Resurgence in England

England celebrate a series victory over New Zealand after a stunning chase at Trent Bridge gave them an unassailable 2-0 lead with one Test to play.

After only one win in their previous 17 matches, this was a great start to a new era for men’s Test cricket.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at some of the issues surrounding the triumphant team.

Inside the Bazball


Brendon McCallum enjoys an outstanding England win at Trent Bridge (Mike Egerton/PA)

New head coach Brandon McCallum, known to everyone as “The Buzz”, has kept a low profile in the media so far, letting his players speak for him on and off the field. But there is no denying that his philosophy of relaxed mind, aggressive tactics and positive attitude had an instant impact. McCallum made a remarkable tour of New Zealand cricket during his time as captain and from the way the English side have embraced his ethos so far, it looks like they are gearing up to do the same. The results may not always be good, but the thinking is unlikely to falter.

Captain Stokes hit

Two games is a small sample, but the early signs that Ben Stokes has made the captaincy are a huge cause for optimism. When Joe Root turned down the role, some felt the experience of previous all-star all-rounders Sir Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff could be a wake-up call, while others worried that the team’s busiest player was simply taking on too much. However, he made a perfect first impression, showing some instinct for managing people, instilling confidence in his teammates, and fighting for the cause with dedication. At present, it is difficult to find a skeptic who would remain in force.

Outer players come to the fore


Alex Lees looked new in last two tests (Mike Egerton/Pennsylvania)

It’s no surprise that characters such as James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Johnny Bairstow appear from time to time in this series. All of them are proven, pedigree performers of the international level. But what’s most intriguing is how the less established players in the pecking order have grown in just a few short weeks. Alex Leese appears to be a looser, more expansive player than the blocker who debuted in the West Indies, Ben Fawkes was shrewd in gloves and found his role in the middle order, while Ollie Pope from third position could go down as a turning point in his inconsistent career. At the beginning of the summer, all three did not know their place.

Spin situation unresolved

The door is always open, and yes, I suppose not officially retired.Moin Ali

Jack Leach retained his position as top spinner, but since his concussion at the Lords, his performance at Trent Bridge was moderate. It seems fair to think that the slow bowling situation is a work in progress, with Lancashire player Matt Parkinson now part of the equation after making his debut as Leach’s replacement in the first Test. Even more intriguing are McCallum’s talks with Moen Ali and Adil Rashid, two players whose red ball careers seemed to be over. Moin is already open for a return, probably in Pakistan this winter, while Rashid could also take up the challenge.

Ruth remains the rock of England

Even as results began to deteriorate heavily towards the end of his captaincy, Ruth maintained an outstanding record at bat. Any fears that his performance could dwindle after his return to the ranks were instantly allayed: Lord’s winning 100 was followed by an overbearing 176 this week. , they will need the most reliable player to keep his successful streak going.