England’s remarkable performances against New Zealand and India have certainly been noted around the cricket world, so much so that “Bazball” made an appearance at Australia’s net session in Galle on Wednesday.
A familiar theme has been now long they can keep it going for, although that question was also posed during the New Zealand and India matches – which included bowlers of the caliber of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami – and how it will adapt to different conditions.
“I’ve watched a little bit of it, it’s certainly been entertaining,” Smith said. “Even someone like Alex Lees started to come down the wicket when he was on nothing. It’s been exciting. I’m just intrigued to see how long it lasts, if it’s sustainable.
“If you come on a wicket that’s got some grass on it and Josh Hazlewood, [Pat] Cummins and [Mitchell] Starc are rolling in at you, is it going to be the same? We’ll see what happens. I’m intrigued by it all, we’ll see what happens.”
“The pink-ball game in Hobart, when Heady and Marnus started to take the game on, the wicket was doing plenty so it was [to] counteract, put some pressure back on the bowler mentality, and it worked on that occasion,” he said. “Is it going to work every time? I don’t know.”
England’s next opponents, South Africa, are also talking a good game ahead of the Test series in August where they will be able to select a pace attack including Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Duanne Olivier and the towering Marco Jansen
“Those are the challenges for them, we have the plans, we know what has worked for us. They are coming with a slightly different mindset and strategy, which has gone well for them. Let’s see them do that against our bowlers.”