Viv Richards Is Wrong, England Batsmen Are Right: Nasser Hussain Questions England's Batting Technique
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Viv Richards Is Wrong, England Batsmen Are Right: Nasser Hussain Questions England’s Batting Technique

Nasser Hussain questioned the batting technique showed by England, who were reduced to 122/9 in their second innings and are heading towards a series defeat against New Zealand.

Former captain Nasser Hussain has lambasted the England cricket team for their pathetic show with the bat in the second innings of the second Test against New Zealand in Edgbaston.

In response to New Zealand’s first-innings lead of 85, England’s top-order was dismissed cheaply by pacers Matt Henry and Neil Wagner as Joe Root’s side collapsed to 76/7 before Mark Wood and Olly Stone added a semblance of respect to the total.

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

Nasser Hussain Questioned England’s Batting Technique

England ended the day on 122/9 with a lead of just 37 runs and is heading towards a series defeat. Nasser Hussain questioned England’s batting technique, believing they should have shown orthodoxy in their approach.

“There seems to have been a reinvention of the wheel out there with batting. Techniques out there that everyone else who has played the game before – they are all wrong and we are right.

“We’re going to have these odd little techniques, we’re going to have the bat coming across it, we’re going to stand funny, we’re going to swing outside our off stump because everyone else in the history of the game – Viv Richards, you are wrong, and we are right,” Nasser Hussain wrote on Sky Sports.

Joe Root
Joe Root
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In the first Test in Lord’s as well, England received flak for opting not to chase down 273 runs in the final two sessions of the match. Joe Root, England captain defended his side’s approach by saying the “series is very much alive” after they laboured to a draw in the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday. England, who has not lost a home red-ball series since 2014, was 170-3 in 70 overs when a draw was agreed in the 1st Test.

Nasser Hussain Urges England Batsmen Have To Get Back To Playing Normally

 With a five-Test series awaiting against India, Nasser Hussain believes England needs to take a stock of where they stand in terms of batting. The former captain reckons the current tactics need to change in order to ensure good performances at both international and County cricket alike.

“I’m not seeing we are right at the moment, whether it be in Sri Lanka where Joe Root carried them, whether it be in India and they don’t have the excuse of the pitches turning here. Whether it is the seaming ball or the spinning ball, they are right and everyone else is wrong. And I don’t see a young batting line-up.

“I see Sibley, Burns, Crawley, Root, and Pope. There’s no one missing in that top five – then come Stokes and Buttler. They’ve got all the coaches, all the backroom staff – please, just get back to playing normally and getting a first innings score,” Hussain added.

Zak Crawley-Twitter
Zak Crawley-Twitter
“Technically gifted, sound batsmen playing the game the way it’s supposed to be played – let the ball come to you, leave it well and play with a straight bat. Six changes they’ve made and they still look such a sharp outfit.”
Zak Crawley is having a poor run as he averaged a mere 8.75 against Sri Lanka, 16.75 against India, and 5.25 against New Zealand in the ongoing Test series, but is still being persisted with.
Rory Burns, despite his 132 and 81 in the two Tests, averaged a mere 5 against Pakistan and 14.5 against India in the two preceding series. Dom Sibley’s average hasn’t been above 35 in any of the series against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, and New Zealand.