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England's new approach to Test cricket is rubs off after Brendon McCullum's Lions pep talk

England Lions adopt new ‘Bazball’ attacking approach after head coach Brendon McCullum pep talk – with Dan Lawrence scoring a quickfire 97 against South Africa in Canterbury

  • England Lions finished day two at 279-3 against South Africa in Canterbury
  • They scored more than five runs per over, embracing the team’s new approach
  • New England head coach Brendan McCullum gave a pep talk ahead of day one
  • Dan Lawrence (97) and Harry Brook (64 not out) both scored half a century

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Brendon McCullum’s pre-match pep talk seemed to have the desired effect on the England Lions batsmen as they ripped out of the blocks against South Africa.

Addressing the understudies to Ben Stokes’ Test team ahead of the four-day touring match in Canterbury, McCullum urged them to repeat the effort their seniors have shown on four consecutive wins this summer.

They did just that, scoring more than five runs per over in response to the South Africans’ 433, with Dan Lawrence hitting a run-a-ball 97 and Harry Brook registering another half-century in a fruitful summer.

England head coach Brendan McCullum has helped change the approach to Test cricket

England head coach Brendan McCullum has helped change the approach to Test cricket

McCullum and Ben Stokes (left) were named head coach and captain earlier this year

McCullum and Ben Stokes (left) were named head coach and captain earlier this year

McCullum and Ben Stokes (left) were named head coach and captain earlier this year

“The message we had at the start of the week was to get out there, be as free as possible, show everyone what we can do and try to put some pressure on the guys who are in the places right now.” have,” said Lawrence. , after the Lions closed at 279 for three.

“I like the kind of cricket they try to play and it’s something I’d love to be a part of.”

Yorkshire’s Brook resumes Thursday morning at 64.

Harry Brook continued his good form at Canterbury, finishing undefeated at 64 for England

Harry Brook continued his good form at Canterbury, finishing undefeated at 64 for England

Harry Brook continued his good form at Canterbury, finishing undefeated at 64 for England

Essex batter Dan Lawrence scored a run-a-ball 97 before falling to Duanne Olivier

Essex batter Dan Lawrence scored a run-a-ball 97 before falling to Duanne Olivier

Essex batter Dan Lawrence scored a run-a-ball 97 before falling to Duanne Olivier

Ever the showman, he came off goal with a six, then hit his second of the innings to hit his 50 of 65 deliveries.

Dom Sibley caught the mood with a classy 48, while another Test discard Ben Duckett remains unbeaten at 31.

Previously, the South African tail wagged vigorously from 284 to seven after Khaya Zondo was sacked for his overnight 86, while six-foot Marco Jansen crunched five sixes in an unbeaten 54 of number 10.

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