That’s been an enjoyable first Ashes Test. Actually went to 5 days. No major collapses so balanced through to the end. How I like them. But.

I remain somewhat unclear about what Bazball is and how it differs, if it does, from England’s attacking style from a few years ago. I hope it doesn’t become such a rigid idea that adaptability is sidelined.

Ben Stokes’ innings at Headingley in 2019 is arguably the ultimate demonstration of adapting your approach to the situation. And there is no way that his batting in the latter stage couldn’t be called exciting. But that was after he’d laid the groundwork of wearing the bowlers down. I’d like to see that mindset at the centre of England’s strategy.

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