Former England captain Nasser Hussain stated that the England team had hit the lowest point in terms of their batting show in the first two Tests. Hussain also opined that they didn’t learn anything from their past two tours down under.
On Monday, England lost the second Test match by 275 runs and are trailing in the series by 0-2. Though on the final day, the visitors fought well as Jos Buttler and other lower-order batters made Aussie bowlers toil hard for each wicket and stretched the game to the final session. However, that didn’t prove enough as the visitors bowled out in 113.1 overs.
Speaking to Daily Mail, the former England captain hit out their poor batting show and also criticized the team management’s decision-making.
“This Test had a very similar scorecard to Adelaide 2017. The decision-making off the field has been more indifferent this time. There was the toss in Brisbane and not picking Jimmy Anderson or Stuart Broad. Then going to Adelaide and selecting five medium-fast right armers with no variation and no spinner. And the batting is so vulnerable. It is in a bad place.” Nasser Hussain stated.
“I don’t know about four years ago, but I can’t think of a lower point for English cricket’s Test batting. That’s the issue.” he added further.
Another former English cricketer David Lloyd expressed a similar opinion, Also he believes that the hosts are much better prepared for the highly anticipated battle and he isn’t much optimistic about England’s chances in the remaining three tests.
“It’s just a pattern of making the same mistakes. There’s no firepower, using medium-pacers as bowlers, and we’re trying to block our way around Australia as a batting unit. It’s exactly the same as four years ago and the tour before that, with the same results. Australia’s all-round game is staring England in the face. The batters have technique and bat properly while the attack has firepower and a wonderful spinner. We can’t match that.” ‘Bumble’ said.
The third test between these arch-rivals will be played on Boxing Day (26th December) at the iconic ground of Melbourne.