West Indies’ thrilling win over England within the opening Take a look at of the three-match sequence in Southampton could be excellent news for cricket usually however for the hosts it’s 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 as soon as once more.
The younger high order is but to settle in and on a floor the place the ball did a bit, the batting was discovered wanting desperately, regardless of an excellent fightback within the second innings. Talking about England’s issues former captain and commentator Nasser Hussain additionally identified the weak point within the hosts’ batting.
Whereas there have been questions raised about stand-in-captain Ben Stokes’ questionable selections, Hussain mentioned that the first downside was the truth that England didn’t bat nicely within the first innings.
“Let’s not get misplaced with the Broad subject or the toss subject. England having batted first have been bowled out for 204 – that’s nonetheless their nemesis,” Hussain was quoted as saying by ‘Sky Sports activities’.
“They did nicely in South Africa, however in England, in opposition to the Dukes ball, they typically discover themselves 20-3, 30-3, and with out Root within the aspect this week that was a nightmare. That’s nonetheless the difficulty for England,” he added.
Hussain additional mentioned that the workforce must dig deep and struggle it out like they did in South Africa and New Zealand. He additionally defended Stokes’ name of batting first beneath overcast situations, saying that he backed his workforce to get 300 which they couldn’t.
“They’re going to an excellent floor at Outdated Trafford. Root is again and so they need to bat like they did in South Africa this winter and at factors in New Zealand. Not by being 204 all out.
“Typically as a captain you must say ‘I again my aspect to get 300 on this’ however England fluffed their traces once more with the bat after successful the toss,” he added.
Hussain congratulated West Indies on their very good victory and added that the guests wanted to win the match as that they had dominated the proceedings and shedding after such a efficiency would have deflated them.
“It’s nice for West Indies on so many various ranges. They deserve it for coming over to England (amid the coronavirus pandemic) and doing what they’ve needed to – quarantine at Emirates Outdated Trafford after which come to the Ageas Bowl and be in a bubble.
“Profitable like that was completely phenomenal – and that’s why it was an vital win. Think about doing all that after which shedding after bossing this sport. They might then have pushed as much as Manchester considering ‘we’ve accomplished all the fitting issues and we’re 1-Zero down’,” Hussain added.