Sky Sports expert Nasser Hussain says England should return to
Nasir Hussain criticized England’s batsmen for abandoning traditional tactics after a shock crash in Edgbaston that left them on the brink of defeat by New Zealand.
Joe Root collapsed to 76-7 before tails Mark Wood and Olly Stone prevented at least one loss in roles, but they appear destined to lose the game and the series when play resumes on Sunday.
Sky Sports expert Hussain insists English drummers need to urgently reconsider their techniques and get back to basics – not just at Test level, but throughout the match in the county – if they are to improve in the future.
“It seems there has been a reinvention of the wheel with the stick,” Hussain said. “The methods used by anyone who has played the game before – they are all wrong and we are right.
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“We’re going to get these weird little techniques, we’re going to make bats cross them, we’re going to keep it funny, we’re going to get our stress out because everyone in Game Story — Viv Richards, you’re wrong and we’re right.
“I don’t see ‘we are right’ at the moment, whether it’s Sri Lanka where Joe Root has taken them, whether it’s India and they have no excuse to turn the pitches here.
“Whether it’s the sewing ball or the rolling ball, they are right and everyone else is wrong. And I don’t see the young batting team.
“I see Sibley, Burns, Crowley, Root and Bob. Nobody is missing in the top five – then come Stokes and Butler. They have all the coaches, all the backroom workers – please come back to play normally and get your first round score.
“The other thing, these are the people who have succeeded in county cricket. If you pick the top five, they are.
“So please take a look at your game and most importantly look at the opponent – they hit like you were supposed to. It’s just chalk and cheese.
“Strong, technically skilled bats play the game the way it is meant to be played – let the ball come to you, let it run well and play with a straight racket. They made six changes and still look good.”
While Hussain acknowledged that the quality of county cricket grounds was a factor in England’s poor performance with the bats, he was also unimpressed by what might appear to be an over-reliance on coaching and outside help.
“I think there’s almost a lot of money in the game for us to get the batting coach, the eating, the psyche, the bowling, fielding, the captain for everything,” he added.
Own your own game. Look what Trent Bolt has done in this series – hurry up here to play this game.
How many English players, in their forties, in turn, said ‘I want to play Edgbaston’?
“Johnny Bairstow, when he was in Sri Lanka, he had to knock on the door, and say to the coaches ‘I don’t want to leave.’ Chris Walks is here, he hasn’t played in six months.
“Yes the throws are not good enough – if you improve your county cricket, the technique will improve and the long sticks will improve. But let’s not keep looking for excuses for a batting team that keeps failing.”
Fellow and former England batsman David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd agreed with Hussain’s assessment – noting that the home team’s drop to 122-9 in logs, just 37 years apart, occurred on a relatively mild surface.
He said: “There was a complete lack of technology. It was shocking – there would be a lot to say.
“They were out of the game from start to finish, on quiet ground. It’s not good enough.
“The English bowlers are disciplined. I thought they did a great job taking New Zealand out for 388, but then the batsmen had to show up – but they didn’t. It won’t work out and they need to improve.
“I always come back to technique. You have to be tight in your batting game.
“I’m like a broken record, I’ve seen all the great players in the last 50-60 years, they all had a solid defense.”
Watch the fourth day of the second Test between England and New Zealand starting at 10:15am on Sunday on Sky Sports Cricket.