Anurag Dasgupta ∙ Feb 25 2023, 5:15 PM | 2 Min Read

NZ vs ENG | Bazball Hasn't Got Inside Our Heads: NZ Batting Coach Luke Ronchi

image-lejqcv6kNew Zealand are already 7 down at the end of Day 2 [Twitter]

After another turbulent day for New Zealand, batting coach, Luke Ronchi insisted that the 'Bazball' hasn't got inside their heads as the home side are pushed on the brink of defeat.

Both Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls tried something different under pressure and it didn't pay off as New Zealand are seven down at the end of Day 2. Reverse sweep became their biggest enemy when both the batters tried the uncanny stroke and had to walk back to the pavilion.

At the end of day's play, batting coach Luke Ronchi stated that England's new found aggressive approach had no effects on the way their batters executed the shots as the home side were outplayed on yet another brilliant passage of play by England.

At stumps, New Zealand are 138 for 7, and still trail by 297 runs.

What Ronchi said?

“I wouldn’t have thought so. We also know Baz [Brendon McCullum] so that’s a phrase that’s been thrown around and from a cricketers’ point of view I don’t think many people take much interest in it. 

We want to play our style of cricket; England are bowling well which is going to hamper that. The guys need to go out, and the big word is trust,” Ronchi said.

“Our guys have made hundreds recently, they’ve made runs as a batting group and we know how to bat on a Basin wicket. We’ve played here lots of times and made lots of runs. It’s about going out each and every time and playing our way.

“The batters know they can bat 180-200 balls if they want to make a hundred, some of them will face 140 balls, it doesn’t really matter as long as they’re doing it the way they want to do it, and know how to do it.”

England posted a healthy 435 in their first innings, courtesy of Joe Root and Harry Brook's scintillating hundreds. In reply, New Zealand looked shaky right from the start and never recovered from the early jolt as rain god arrived at the right time for them.