Nasser Hussain: England strike looks like ‘reinvention of the wheel’ after Edgbaston collapses against New Zealand

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Nasser Hussain: England strike looks like ‘reinvention of the wheel’ after Edgbaston collapses against New Zealand




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Sky Sports expert Nasser Hussain says England must return to

Sky Sports expert Nasser Hussain says England must return to

Nasser Hussain lambasted England batsmen for abandoning conventional methods after a shocking collapse at Edgbaston left them on the verge of defeat to New Zealand.

Joe Root’s side collapsed to 76-7 before tails Mark Wood and Olly Stone prevented at least one innings loss, but they look destined to lose the game and the series when play resumes on Sunday.

Sky Sports expert Hussain insists England drummers need to urgently reconsider their techniques and get back to basics – not just at test level, but throughout the county’s game – if they are to improve in the future.

“There seems to have been a reinvention of the wheel with the stick,” Hussain said. “Techniques that anyone who’s played the game before – they’re all wrong and we’re right.

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“We’re going to have these weird little techniques, we’re going to have the bat crossing her, we’re going to keep it funny, we’re going to be swinging out of our stump because everyone in the story of the game – Viv Richards, you are wrong and we are right.

“I don’t see ‘we’re right’ at the moment, whether it’s Sri Lanka where Joe Root has taken them, whether it’s India and they don’t have the excuse to spin the pitches here.

“Whether it’s the stitching ball or the spinning ball, they’re right and everyone’s wrong. And I don’t see a young batting team.

“I see Sibley, Burns, Crawley, Root and Pope. There’s no one missing in this top five – then come Stokes and Buttler. They have all the coaches, all the backroom staff – please come back to normal play and get a first innings score.

Mark Wood's 29-innings saved some semblance of respectability lower in order

Mark Wood’s 29-innings saved some semblance of respectability lower in order

“The other thing is, these are the guys who are successful at county cricket. If you picked the top five, it’s them.

“So please take a look at your game and more importantly take a look at the opposition – they hit like you’re supposed to. It’s just chalk and cheese.

“Strong, technically skilled batsmen play the game the way it’s meant to be played – let the ball come to you, let it go well and play with a straight bat. Six changes they’ve made and they still look such a sharp outfit. “

While Hussain has acknowledged that the quality of the county’s cricket grounds has been a factor in England’s poor performance with the bat, he is also unimpressed by what might appear to be over-reliance on the regard to training and outside help.

“I think there is almost too much money in the game for us to have a batting, eating, psychological, bowling, fielding, captain coach for everything,” he added. .

Neil Wagner was one of two New Zealand bowlers to end the day with three wickets as England stumbled to 122-9

Neil Wagner was one of two New Zealand bowlers to end the day with three wickets as England stumbled to 122-9

“Take ownership of your own game. Look at what Trent Boult did in this series – he rushed here to play this game.

“How many English players, in their 40s, in rotation, have said ‘I want to play Edgbaston’?

“Jonny Bairstow, when he was in Sri Lanka, well at bat, should have knocked on the door, telling the coaches ‘I don’t want to be left out’. Chris Woakes here, he hasn’t played for six months.

“Yes the throws are not good enough – if you improve the 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 continues to fail. “

England captain Joe Root walks away after being sacked for 11 in second test against New Zealand

England captain Joe Root walks away after being sacked for 11 in second test against New Zealand

His colleague and former England batsman David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd agreed with Hussain’s assessment – pointing out that the home team’s descent to 122-9 at stumps, an overall lead of just 37, came on a relatively benign surface.

He said: “There was a total lack of technique. It was shocking – there will be a lot to say.

“They were out of the game from start to finish, on calm ground. It is not good enough.

“English bowlers are disciplined. I thought they had done a wonderfully good job of getting New Zealand out for 388, but then the batsmen have to show up – and they didn’t. It just won’t work and they need to improve.

“I always come back to technique. You have to be tight in your hitting game.

“I’m like a record broken, I’ve seen all the great players of the last 50-60 years, and they all had a tight defense. “

Watch day four of the second test between England and New Zealand starting at 10:15 am Sunday on Sky Sports Cricket.

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