Ashes 2023: England can be a great team with more intensity, says Glenn McGrath after drawn Manchester Test

By India Today Sports Desk: Glenn McGrath, the legendary Australian fast bowler, has raised questions about England’s intensity in the ongoing Ashes series. Speaking to BBC after the conclusion of the fourth Test at Old Trafford in Manchester, McGrath expressed his concerns over England’s casual approach and lack of focus on the field.

McGrath, known for his discipline and consistency during his illustrious career, was particularly critical of England’s fielding. He pointed out that despite having favourable conditions and opportunities, England failed to capitalise on them.

“Looking at those stats, England should be up 3-0. And why aren’t they? Because they don’t have the intensity they need,” McGrath stated.

The former Australian pacer, nicknamed ‘Pigeon’ due to his thin legs, also took a dig at England’s new style of play, which he referred to as ‘Bazball’. This term is believed to be a reference to England’s aggressive and fearless approach to the game, which McGrath feels has been taken too casually by the team.

“Bazball’s great, but if you’re just joking around and taking it casually, things are going to happen like dropped catches and all these little things that make a good team into a great team. This team has the ability to be a great team if they switch on with more intensity,” McGrath added.

McGrath’s comments come in the wake of England’s sloppy fielding in the Ashes 2023. The team has been under fire for their lacklustre performance on the field, with several dropped catches and missed opportunities.

England had every chance of winning the Manchester Test as Australia were trailing by 61 runs at Stumps on Day 4 with five wickets in hand. However, the match ended in a draw after no play was possible on Day 5 due to rain.

The fifth and final Test is scheduled to get underway on July 27 at the Kennington Oval in London.

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