England coach Brendon McCullum has set his sights on a strong comeback against the Indian team in the third Test in Rajkot. England lost the second Test by 106 runs and the team failed to chase 399 in Vizag.
The entire England team has now moved to Abu Dhabi for a desert retreat ahead of the third Test in Rajkot. They are now on a scheduled six-day break in Abu Dhabi, where their families will join them. It is understood that most of their squad are in India and they are just looking to stay away from the game and spend some time with their families.
Speaking to reporters, quoted by The Guardian, Brendon McCullum gave a glimpse of his likely schedule in Abu Dhabi before returning to India and beginning his preparations for the third Test.
“There won’t be much training. We’ve had many days of training, two tests, and this is a chance to get away from the heat of battle. She was talking to Rahul Dravid. [India’s head coach] and he said all his boys are shooting home too,” McCullum, the England head coach, said before his departure on Wednesday.
“For us, our home is a little far away, so we chose Abu Dhabi and we are going to enjoy the families. [joining us]. Then when we reach Rajkot, we will lower the shoulder and go strong,” he added.
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We don’t really do theories: Brendon McCullum
He also said that the English team as a whole does not focus on defeats or theories. He further said that the team will look to maintain confidence and stay in the present.
“We don’t really do theories. “It’s about making sure the boys are totally clear and present, confident and confident in their approach,” added the England coach.
Jasprit Bumrah took nine wickets in the match, including a six-wicket haul in the first innings. In the process, he surpassed 150 Test wickets in just 34 matches at an average of just 20.
Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin remained stuck on 499 Test wickets after taking three for 72 in the second innings. Mukesh Kumar took the wicket of Shoaib Bashir and denied Ashwin to take the 500th wicket from him.
“As I said before, I don’t look at the numbers. When I was young, I did that and it excited me. But now it is added baggage. When I was young that is the first delivery I learned (yorker). He had seen the legends of the game. Waqar, Wasim and even Zaheer Khan. We are going through a transition, so I feel it is my responsibility to help them in any way I can. Before being a cricketer, I am a fan of fast bowling. If someone does well, congratulations. I look at the situation, the wicket and think about what my options are. He shouldn’t be a one-trick pony,” Jasprit Bumrah said after winning the Man of the Match award.
According to reports, Bumrah could be rested for the third Test in Rajkot. There are still no updates on the return of Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja. Meanwhile, KL Rahul is expected to return in the third Test.
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