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Strokes and McCullum bring shock of excitement to England's Test era

Sports Desk

When England played New Zealand at Lord's last summer, caution took over.

Set 273 from 75 overs to win on the final day following Black Caps captain Kane Williamson's bold declaration, England was nowhere near as bold, showing no appetite whatsoever for a run chase.

Then-skipper Joe Root and then-coach Chris Silverwood perhaps felt a line-up routinely shredded in India at the backend of the previous winter, and now shorn of Ben Stokes due to injury, had no chance of victory. Perhaps they were concerned about the consequences should things go wrong.

If a similar opportunity presents itself this year, the attitude should be markedly different. For this is the Stokes and Brendon McCullum era. Backward steps are unlikely to be tolerated. They have never been part of Stokes and McCullum's make-ups.


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