Nasser Hussain Said England's Test Cricket Has Been Shambles Throughout 2021 1

Nasser Hussain, the former England captain has hit out at Joe Root and co. for failing to put up any sort of resistance in the first three Ashes Tests and conceding the series without a fight. However, Nasser Hussain added that England’s shambolic show was not a shock as they had struggled in Tests all year.

England crumbled to an embarrassing 68 all-out in their second innings on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test. Australia registered a thumping triumph by an innings and 14 runs and retained the Ashes by taking an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Nasser Hussain Not Shocked With Ashes Loss

Reviewing England’s performance in his column, Nasser Hussain admitted that the result wasn’t surprising since the visitors weren’t well-prepared for the challenge.

The former England skipper stated: “This is no news flash or shock. With the exception of that wonderful victory by Andrew Strauss’s team England have invariably struggled in Australia. But this Ashes has been a particular shambles and England have not given themselves the best chance to be successful. Their Test cricket has been a shambles all year.”

England’s batting unit again collapsed for a below-par total after Australia inserted the visitors in. The tourists managed only 185, with captain Joe Root being the only one to make a half-century. While England made four changes, including two in the batting unit, that hardly made a difference on the opening day of the third Test.
Marcus Harris made a battling 76 off 189 balls as he top-scored as Australia scored 267 in their first essay taking a first-innings lead of 82 runs, but England lost the plot completely after scoring only 68, thereby losing by an innings and 14 runs.

Nasser Hussain added in his column: “Yet this does seem worse than the two 5-0s and the 4-0 of the last 15 years because it has been coming for some time now and the point has clearly arrived for English cricket to have a good, long, hard look at itself.”

Joe Root. File Photo
Joe Root. File Photo

The 53-year-old termed England’s batters the biggest culprits of the loss as their technique and application were brutally exposed by Australia’s quality bowling attack.

Nasser Hussain pointed out: “Look at the damning stat that extras have been England’s third highest runscorer this year. That tells you everything about the discrepancy between Joe Root and the rest and shows exactly where our red-ball batting is.”

The former cricketer added: “Those issues have been there for some time even for the best of them. I watched online when England had their only intra-squad game in Australia before the first Test and it was notable how Ben Stokes who, along with Root has the best technique in the England side, suddenly had massive movements back in his crease.”

England captain Joe Root is the leading run-getter in the ongoing Ashes, having scored 253 runs at an average of 42.16. However, barring Dawid Malan (202), no other English batter has come close to scoring 200 runs.

Nasser Hussain: Heaven Forbid What Will Happen To England When James Anderson And Stuart Broad Retire

Analyzing what the future holds for England’s Test team, Nasser Hussain stressed the fact that they failed to make an impact despite having three of their all-time best in the squad – Joe Root, James Anderson, and Stuart Broad.

Nasser Hussain wrote: “England have over-complicated things and messed it all up at a time when they have at their disposal three of their best Test cricketers of all-time in Root, Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad. Heaven forbid what will happen when Anderson and Broad go.”

England Test skipper Joe Root backs James Anderson , Twitter
England Test skipper Joe Root backs James Anderson, Twitter

The former England captain concluded that England has plenty of soul-searching to do in the wake of the Ashes disaster, where they have lost the Test series 3-0 with 2 more Tests left. Pat Cummins ripped through the top order by lunch on Day 1 and Nathan Lyon matched his captain’s haul of 3 for 36 while Scott Boland picked 6 scalps conceding only 7 runs in the 2nd innings.

Nasser Hussain stated: “In the short-term England have to somehow salvage as much pride as possible in these last two Tests. Then there will be a lot of soul-searching before they can emerge from this crisis. Where the English game goes from here with our red-ball batting is the biggest question of all.”

The 4th Ashes Test of the ongoing series will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) from January 5.