England had to bear the brunt of Jasprit Bumrah's sensational spell in the second Test, but head coach Brendon McCullum is hopeful that his players will find a way to deal with the immense threat posed by the star Indian fast bowler.
Breaking into England's batting order, known for its ultra-aggressive buzzball approach, he returned figures of 6/45 to help bowl out the tourists for 253 in their first innings and seal India's series-levelling win in Visakhapatnam. Entered.
McCullum, who is also known for his aggressive batting during his playing days, was tight-lipped when asked how England planned to deal with Bumrah in the remaining three Test matches, he simply said that His team does not believe in principles.
“We don't really work on principles. It's about making sure people are completely clear and present, confident and have strong belief in their method. They are better than ever and they will work on how to do it better, McCullum said.
“There are a lot of conflicting ways to go about this… we'll see where we end up. For now, we have to tip our hat to Jasprit and say that that spell (in the first innings of the second Test) was as good as we have seen so far on this tour,'' he was quoted as saying by 'ESPNcricinfo' Was.
IND vs ENG: Brendon McCullum very impressed with Indian fast bowler
However, the former New Zealand captain appreciated the skills of the Indian strike bowler.
“It all depends on the situation. When the ball is swinging like that, he becomes even more of a threat. He is a brilliant bowler in all formats of the game. He is unique in his release point and how much swing he can generate in the air.
“There's no doubt he's very good, but over the last 18 months we've faced very good bowlers and found ways to counter them and that's what we have to do this time too.” He also said that the score of 1-1 after two Test matches is a clear indication that we are in the competition.
“We have played very good cricket in the last two Test matches. Yes, we've come out on the wrong side of it here, but we've made it past the first step.
“The conviction about how we go about this is as strong as it has ever been. “We’ve done some really good things the last few weeks.” After the second Test in Visakhapatnam, the England team returned to their pre-series base Abu Dhabi. They will return to India on February 12 and reach Rajkot the same day ahead of the third Test starting on February 15.
McCullum said it would be a separate “camp” before the tour.
“There won't be a lot of training. The boys have worked incredibly hard in Abu Dhabi, considering they have all brought a lot of cricket with them.
“We have a lot of training days, two different Test matches, and it's an opportunity to get away from the heat of the battle.
“I was talking to Rahul Dravid and he told that all his boys are shooting at home as well. Home is a bit far away for us, so we chose Abu Dhabi, and we're going to enjoy the families. Then when we get to Rajkot, we put our shoulders down and work hard.” Regarding his key batsman Joe Root, who has struggled in the first two Tests, McCullum said, “He is a world-class player and England As good as any player. His way (in the last innings of the second Test), whereas people would look at the way he got out, look at the way he made his substitutions and he was trying to get the ground back so he could take advantage of them.
“Sometimes you have to show bravery, and sometimes you get out doing it, but that's the way the game works. From our point of view there is no doubt about that point of view.
“Three Tests left, still a chance to score a lot of runs.”