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Sam Billings has warned South Africa it would be ‘pretty stupid’ to disregard England’s Bazball style ahead of the LV= Insurance Test series starting on Wednesday.
All the talk emanating from the tourists’ camp during a chastening defeat to England Lions in Canterbury was of focusing on their own game and not worrying about opponents at Lord’s who have ripped up Test cricket’s playbook.
South Africa captain Dean Elgar even suggested that the thrill-seeking style England have adopted would potentially leave them ‘with egg on their faces’.
But Lions captain Billings countered: ‘We've beaten an international team over four days by an innings in a manner of scoring 5.74 an over. 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.
Sam Billings hasn't taken too kindly to criticisms over England's style from South Africa
‘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.’
Indeed, one of the sub-plots of a second-string performance that encapsulated the attack-minded principles of the senior England side seamlessly was the re-emergence of one of the first Test squad members in Sussex’s Robinson, whose seam-bowling talent was fanfared 12 months ago following 28 wickets in his first five international appearances.
Dan Elgar said that England's 'Bazball' style could have embarrassing circumstances for team
Conspicuous by his absence at the highest level since January due to a catalogue of fitness issues, the 28-year-old