West Indies’ thrilling win over England in the opening Test of the three-match series in Southampton could be excellent news for cricket normally however for the hosts it’s yet one more reminder of their issues with the bat. The absence of standard skipper Joe Root, who can also be their batting mainstay, uncovered England’s issues once more.
The younger high order is yet to settle in and on a floor where the ball did a bit, the batting was discovered wanting desperately, regardless of an excellent fightback in the second innings. Speaking about England’s issues former captain and commentator Nasser Hussain also identified the weak point in the hosts’ batting.
While there have been questions raised about stand-in-captain Ben Stokes’ questionable resolution, Hussain stated that the first drawback was the truth that England didn’t bat nicely in the first innings.
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“Let’s not wander away with the Broad situation or the toss situation. England having batted first have been bowled out for 204 – that’s still their nemesis,” Hussain was quoted as saying by ‘Sky Sports’.
“They did nicely in South Africa, however in England, against the Dukes ball, they usually discover themselves 20-3, 30-3, and with out Root in the side this week that was a nightmare. That remains to be the problem for England,” he added.
Hussain further stated that the team must dig deep and combat it out like they did in South Africa and New Zealand. He also defended Stokes’ call of batting first under overcast situations, saying that he backed his team to get 300 which they couldn’t.
“They are going to an excellent floor at Old Trafford. Root is back and so they should bat like they did in South Africa this winter and at points in New Zealand. Not by being 204 all out.
“Sometimes as a captain it’s important to say ‘I back my side to get 300 on this’ however England fluffed their traces again with the bat after winning the toss,” he added.
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Hussain congratulated West Indies on their excellent victory and added that the guests wanted to win the match as they’d dominated the proceedings and losing after such a show would have deflated them.
“It’s extraordinary for West Indies on so many alternative ranges. They deserve it for coming over to England (amid the coronavirus pandemic) and doing what they’ve needed to – quarantine at Emirates Old Trafford after which come to the Ageas Bowl and be in a bubble.
“Winning like that was completely phenomenal – and that’s why it was an essential win. Imagine doing all that after which losing after bossing this game. They would then have pushed as much as Manchester pondering ‘we’ve achieved all the appropriate issues and we’re 1-Zero down’,” Hussain added.
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