Cricket: Former Blackcaps captain Brendon McCullum added to Collins dictionary as 'Bazball' becomes part of English language

Brendon McCullum in charge of England test cricket team.
Brendon McCullum in charge of England test cricket team. Photo credit: Getty Images

England test coach Brendon McCullum may not be a fan of the word, but 'Bazball' - the term used to describe the team's swashbuckling approach to test cricket since he took charge in 2022 - has been added to the Collins online dictionary.

"I don't have any idea what 'Bazball' is," said the former Blackcaps captain last year. "It's not just all crash and burn, if you look at the approach, and that's why I don't really like that silly term that people are throwing out there."

The term comes from McCullum's nickname 'Baz' and Collins online dictionary gives its definition of the noun as "a style of cricket in which the batting side attempts to gain the initiative by playing in a highly aggressive manner".

Despite being shortlisted, Bazball did not win the 2023 Word of the Year award, losing out to 'AI' (Artificial Intelligence), but it will be added to the next print version of the Collins English Dictionary.