England coach Brendon McCullum aims to continue playing an aggressive brand of test cricket when his team takes on Pakistan in a three-test series starting Thursday.
Under McCullum, England showed plenty of aggression in the longer format of the game at home this summer when it routed the coach’s home country New Zealand 3-0 and beat South Africa 2-1.
“One of the things we try and do is respect the conditions, but at the same time, if we are allowed to try and play aggressive and attacking cricket, we’ll try and take that option,” McCullum told reporters on Monday as England had its first training session at the Pindi Cricket Stadium — the venue for the first test.
“The guys in our squad, that’s how they play their cricket, and that’s what gives them the most freedom and the best opportunity to perform at the highest level.”
England has plenty of flare in its middle-order with the likes of captain Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, and Harry Brook to score rapidly, with experienced Joe Root also showing glimpses of aggression at home this summer.