Sam Billings has responded to South Africa captain Dean Elgar’s BazBall digs after the England Lions’ massive victory in Canterbury.
Led by the wicketkeeper-batter, the England Lions beat the South Africans by an innings and 56 runs in a four-day tour match last week.
Billing’s side made 672 made in 117 overs at a run rate of 5.74 – showing the new approach that Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum’s senior team have taken in Test cricket is rubbing off.
Elgar made his thoughts on the BazBall revolution clear after the game, making some strong post-match claims.
The Proteas skipper said: “I’ve got absolutely no interest in the style that they’ve played.
“I think it can go one of two ways for them and it can go south very quickly. [Talking about it] is a waste of energy. Their own coach doesn’t even like the slogan they’ve come up with. I’d like to see them do it against our seamers.”
Billings has responded to the BazBall digs in fantastic fashion, warning Elgar he would be wise to take note of England’s new approach.
“We’ve beaten an international team over four days by an innings in a manner of scoring 5.74 an over,” the England Lions captain told the Daily Mail. “You’d be pretty stupid to ignore that, if I’m honest. If that’s not a wake-up call…. because we’re not even the best XI.
“So, it’s up to them, really, but I think that’s laid out a pretty strong statement in the way we want the cricket to be played, but also being able to execute it and having the players to do that was really impressive.
“This is a very similar ground to Lord’s with the slope and things like that. There’s a couple of guys who Ollie Robinson had on toast this week. He bowled exceptionally well. It’s a similar kind of ground and a similar kind of feel. So the fact we got 20 wickets on a pretty flat pitch that had six heavy rollers on….. What did we get? 672? It’s impossible not to take confidence, certainly as a group, but some of the guys are in the Test squad as well and they’ll take a lot of confidence into next week.”
One thing is for sure, it’s shaping up to be a tasty series.