India vs England Test Series
Brendon McCullum: 'Badgeball' has changed the dimension of England's batting in Test cricket and the team's New Zealand coach Brendon McCullum is clear that his team will stick to its aggressive strategy irrespective of the outcome of the five-Test series against India. England are scheduled to play a five-Test series against India (Brendon McCullum on IND vs ENG Test Series) in Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Rajkot, Ranchi and Dharamsala from January 25 next year and are expected to get favourable spin pitches during the series. The term 'badgeball' is coined based on McCullum's nickname 'Badge' and his offensive tactics. The word has also found a place in the Collins dictionary.
Badgeball refers to the style of play in Test cricket in which the batting team tries to strengthen its position by playing in a very aggressive manner. "In the upcoming five Tests in India, we will face a tough challenge against a very good Indian team," McCullum said at the Royal Challengers Bangalore Innovation Labs Leaders Meet India.
"I am excited about it because you want to test yourself against the best team and I believe India is the best in your conditions. It will be a good challenge for us. If we get success, it will be great, if it doesn't, then I know we will lose based on the style we want to play," McCullum said.
"We are playing because we love cricket and we want to try to be as good at cricket as possible. You want to make sure you enjoy it and you shouldn't wait until the end of your career to do it. We are very lucky to have had some immediate success but I don't think that's a limit for us," McCullum said. He described it as an inspiration for badgeball.