Ben Stokes gives a befitting reply to South Africa captain Dean Elgar for his comments on Bazball

England are playing an attacking cricket in Test matches under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum. The team has won four successive red-ball contests since they took over.

This style has been termed ‘Bazball’ after the new head coach of England.

However, South Africa captain Dean Elgar recently mocked the Bazball approach as he questioned its longevity in Test Matches. “I have no interest in England’s attacking approach. Talking about it is a waste of energy. Their own coach doesn’t even like the term. I want them to apply their style against our seamers,’ ” said Elgar in an interaction with The Observer.

England captain Ben Stokes has now hit out at Elgar’s comments ahead of the opening Test between the countries. “The opposition seems to be doing a lot of talking now. We will only concentrate on our game and style, not what their captain said,” he said.

“I’m happy for Dean and the South African team to keep saying that they won’t give it importance but also keep talking about it,” he added.