Ashes 2023: England will go a little harder at Australia, says Brendon McCullum ahead of Lord's Test

By India Today Sports Desk: England Test coach Brendon McCullum has said that they will go a little harder on Australia in the second match of the Ashes 2023 series. England are set to face Australia at Lord’s on June 28.

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Speaking to BBC Sport after the first Test, McCullum said England would go a littler harder on Australia at Lord’s, adding that they could’ve won the match if the rub of the green had gone their way. Australia beat England by two wickets in a thrilling encounter at Edgbaston.

“I'm sure they'll stick to that strategy, which is great, because we'll go a little harder. The way that we played validated our style of play. If we'd have got a little bit of the rub of the green then we might have been on the other side of it,” said McCullum.

He went on to say that England want to try and seize their opportunities and try to put Australia under pressure. Australia skipper Pat Cummins played a heroic knock on Day 5, remaining unbeaten on 44 to guide Australia to a famous Ashes victory.

"The guys are proud of the efforts that they put in and I'm sure we'll go to Lord's with a lot of confidence. We always want to try to take the game forward. We want to try to seize opportunities where we think we can put opposition teams under pressure,” McCullum added.

Speaking about spin-bowling all-rounder Moeen Ali’s finger injury, McCullum said he is hopeful that Moeen can be alright for the second Test at Lord’s while lauding his effort at Edgbaston. Moeen picked up a finger injury during Australia’s first innings at Edgbaston.

“Moeen did a fabulous job. He's loving being back playing Test cricket. Hopefully he'll come right for the next one. I'm pretty confident that over the next few days we can get on top of Mo's finger and that'll give us an opportunity to select him in the next game,” said McCullum.

After losing the opening Test of the Ashes 2023 series, England will be looking to bounce back when they take on Australia at Lord’s on June 28.

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