Australia resist England’s bowling and Bazball: Ashes 2023 review

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Australia resist England bowling, Bazball: Ashes 2023 review

We review the recently concluded five-Test series between England and Australia that ended 2-2 – with Australia retaining the Ashes. It was a series defined by England’s ‘Bazball’ approach to batting – though that undersells how well Australia’s batters resisted English bowling and how well Australia bowled in largely batting-friendly conditions.


Talking Points:

  • A neutral view of the Ashes – and how it is hard to pick a team to support
  • The limits of Bazball – and why England’s recent success stems from their bowling depth
  •  Australia’s bowlers adjusting to the flat pitches and England’s risk-taking
  • Why did England not want to prepare seamer-friendly pitches at home and capitalise on their big strength?
  • Stokes v Starc on the final morning at Lord’s
  • The cult of Bazball – and how it fits in well with the English cricket establishment’s exceptionalism
  • Mark Wood’s pace and Nathan Lyon’s absence
  • The effect of Bazball on England’s bowling attack
  • Stuart Broad’s cinematic goodbye
  •  England’s chances in the five-Test series in India next year


Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)

Kartikeya Date (@cricketingview) | Substack | ESPNcricinfo page

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  • Why did Bazball fail to regain the Ashes – Kartikeya Date – Cricketingview Substack
  • Stokes and McCullum want to save Test cricket but we must look beyond Big Three – Jonathan Liew – Guardian
  • England ‘wanted to pick Wood’ but settle for Tongue in all-seam attack – Matt Roller – ESPNcricinfo
  •  Bazball: a cult of bruised masculinity where you win even if you lose – Barney Ronay – Guardian
  • Mark Wood and the primal theatre of pure pace – Ben Gardner – Wisden

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