KARACHI, PAKISTAN - DECEMBER 16: Brendon McCullum, Head Coach of England talks to James Anderson of England and Joe Root of England during a Net Session ahead of the Third Test match between England and Pakistan at Karachi National Stadium on December 16, 2022 in Karachi, Pakistan. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Brendon McCullum insists that England will move forward with the same strategy despite a two-wicket loss in the Ashes opener.

McCullum went even further to suggest that England will "go a little harder" at the tourists in the second Test at Lord's next week.

England's strategy was evident when they targeted Australia's bowlers from the opening delivery of the game. Zak Crawley smacked Pat Cummins through the covers for four runs to kickstart an innings with an impressive strike rate of 4.61 runs per over.

Australia, however, won the match utilising traditional strategies on the final day, scoring 3.20 runs per over across the course of the five days and consistently setting defensive fields. The English were unable to contain Usman Khawaja, who scored 206 runs, and were rattled by Nathan Lyon who took eight wickets across both innings.

The England coach has backed his strategy and insists that viewers will see a similar approach at Lord's. The former New Zealand captain also highlighted how entertaining the strategy was for cricket fans across the globe.

"I think we played our style, which is to try and take the game forward," McCullum said, via ESPN.

"I thought Australia were happy playing their style as well, which ultimately led to success for them and I'm sure they'll continue with those tactics right throughout the series. I think it's set up to be quite a fascinating contest.

KARACHI, PAKISTAN - DECEMBER 16: Brendon McCullum, Head Coach of England talks to James Anderson of England and Joe Root of England during a Net Session ahead of the Third Test match between England and Pakistan at Karachi National Stadium on December 16, 2022 in Karachi, Pakistan. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

"Obviously you'd rather have won the game - that's just the nature of sport sometimes - but I thought the way that we played, I think it's validated our style of play as well. 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.

"I thought it was a cracking Test match and two very different styles of play. But like a heavyweight boxing match, not everyone has to fight the same. I thought it was a great Test match and I'm sure everyone that watched all around the world, and everyone who was here at Edgbaston as well, absolutely loved it - and that's us included."

It's unsure whether England will remain with the same XI for the Second Test, but the 666 runs that they scored across two innings would suggest that there is little room for change in the batting lineup.

The English will keep their fingers crossed that Moeen Ali will be fit to play despite wearing a hole in the skin of his spinning finger through repeated contact with the seam of the ball. His reduced overs made way for former captain Joe Root to bowl 15 overs in their effort to contain the Australian batters.

McCullum also confirmed that Mark Wood will come into contention for selection at Lord's after missing the first Test.

Fans will have to wait until next week to find out if the English attack will make any changes ahead of the second Test at Lord's on Wednesday.

"Woody's a great bowler," he said.

"He offers a real point of difference and he'll always come into consideration for selection, especially on wickets that need a little bit more pace.

"That's the beauty of having a good squad, we've got guys to pick from."