Robinson defends England's 'Bazball' tactics, says 1-4 verdict against India was undeserved

The England pace bowler justified Bazball tactics saying it was entertaining and a few tweaks would make his side a dominant force in all three formats .
Last Updated 03 April 2024, 09:12 IST

London: England pace bowler Ollie Robinson reckons that his team endured an "undeserved" verdict in India where they lost the Test series 1-4 despite playing some "really good cricket".

He also countered criticism around England's aggressive style of playing, termed 'Bazball', saying it was entertaining and a few tweaks would make his side a dominant force in all three formats in world cricket.

"We were really close to reversing that result. Obviously the catch I dropped in the fourth Test would have helped us but, no, we feel like 4-1 was undeserved, really," Robinson told Sky Sports.

"We played some really good cricket and maybe on another tour it could have been 3-2 to us, who knows?"

The Ben Stokes-led England won the opening game by 28 runs, but lost the remaining four Tests by 106 runs, 434 runs, five wickets and an innings and 64 runs respectively.

Robinson only played the fourth Test in Ranchi. He dropped Dhruv Jurel on 59 in the hosts' first innings as the wicketkeeper-batter scored a crucial 90 in India's five-wicket victory. The pacer also bowled 13 overs without success.

"Very frustrating to me. I put in a lot of hard work before and during that tour. I waited to the fourth Test to get a game," he added.

Robinson said 'Bazball', which gets its name from their head coach Brendon 'Baz' McCullum, was pleasing to watch.

"The brand of cricket that we're playing is really good to watch for fans and good to play in. I think we're really close to being the best in the world, to be honest.

"A few one percenters here and there and we can really dominate the world of cricket," he added.

England next play Pakistan in a T20 series before the T20 World Cup in June in the West Indies and USA.

(Published 03 April 2024, 09:12 IST)

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