Scott Boland, an Australian pacer, believes England will be under pressure to maintain their aggressive style during the forthcoming Ashes series on home soil. Since Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum took over the England Test team in June 2022, the team has only lost two matches.

The early discussion has focused on England’s assertive strategy, which has recently produced fruitful outcomes. For the five-match series, Stokes is rumoured to have requested fast and flat wickets, and narrow boundaries are part of a strategy to tip the odds in their favour.

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According to Scott Boland’s statement, England may experience pressure to keep to their playing approach even if they have difficulty batting. This pressure may be amplified if they play on difficult ground and lose early wickets.

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The conclusion is that England may feel obligated to pursue an aggressive and offensive style, even if it means risking additional losses. This could be a difficult situation for the team to negotiate, as they must combine their desire to score runs with their goal not to lose too many wickets.

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“The most interesting thing might be if we are playing on a wicket that is a bit juicy and we have them 4-30, then the pressure will be on them to keep playing that same way. The way they are talking about how they intend to play, there is more pressure on them than there is on us to play our style. If the wicket is flat and not conducive to taking wickets regularly then it will be about how we slow their scoring to then get a wicket,” Scott Boland said.

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“I think it is going to be very interesting” – Scott Boland

Over the years, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Pat Cummins have dominated Australia’s red-ball pace department. However, workload management has given marginal pacers like Scott Boland, Michael Neser, and Jhye Richardson the opportunity to make a name for themselves. Boland stated that despite the difficulty presented by the opponents’ strategy, he did not anticipate deviating significantly from his initial plan.

“I think it is going to be very interesting to see how it all plays out but I am not going to change too much from what I have done in the past. I am still going to try and bowl the majority of balls in the same spot and try and get movement off the pitch,” Scott Boland said.

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Australia now holds the legendary urn, having won the last Ashes series 4-0 at home. The Aussies, on the other hand, last won a series in England in 2001. Their previous journey to England in 2019 ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw. The first Test match between Australia and England will start on June 16 at Edgbaston.

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