England batting remains the biggest problem to tackle
After the four-wicket loss to the West Indies, Nasser Hussain has commented that England batting weakness remains one of the biggest problem for management to tackle. He also admitted that with Joe Root returning to the unit, England must bat the same way it did against South Africa.
After winning the draw, England substitute captain Ben Stokes chose to hit first in Southampton. However, the decision quickly turned against the home team’s favor, when they dropped to 48/2, with Shannon Gabriel representing both Dominic Sibley and Joe Denly.
A brief partnership between Rory Burns and Zak Crawley sought to bring them to a good total before Holder went through the English Middle Order, where he collected five wickets to pitch the home side for by 204. After the grim show in the first innings of In the Southampton test, Nasser Hussain stated that England’s batting remains the biggest problem for management to tackle before the second test at Old Trafford. In the absence of a good batting display, England collapsed to a four-wicket loss to the West Indies in the Rose Bowl.
“Let’s not get lost on the Broad theme or the launch theme. England, after batting first, was eliminated by 204, that is still their nemesis, “said Hussain, quoted by ‘Sky Sports’.
Citing England’s 3-1 win against South Africa, where their batting was up to the challenge, Hussain added that the team should seek to replicate that form in the past two tests.
“They did well in South Africa, but in England, against the Dukes’ ball, they often find themselves 20-3, 30-3, and without Root on the side this week, that was a nightmare. That is still the problem for England, “he added.
And, before the Old Trafford Test with Joe Root returning to the first-order setup, Hussain admitted that the surface could help England regain its lost confidence at the top.
“They are going to have a good surface at Old Trafford. Root is back and they have to hit like they did in South Africa this winter and on points in New Zealand. Not for being 204 in everything. Sometimes as a captain you have to say “I went back to get 300 on this,” but England again smoothed out their lines with the bat after winning the draw, “he added.