Nasser Hussain: England need ‘x-factor bowlers’ to win away
England must find more”x-factor” pace bowlers if they are to be successful from home, says Nasser Hussain.
Hussain was talking after a day when England managed just two wickets as New Zealand, led by the century of BJ Watling, proceeded into a lead from the first Test at Bay Oval on The Cricket Debate.
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“It’s what England were for the last 15 or 20 decades away from home on a level pitch with a Kookaburra ball,” said Hussain, as England’s bidding for just a third triumph in eight Evaluation series on the street took a hit.
“England seem threatening at home, using Stuart Broad shifting the Dukes ball sideways, but it is an entirely different match [on the street ].
“Until we find someone who can cope with this we’ll continue to have times like this.
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“The biggest thing in [England managing director of cricket] Ashley Giles’ inbox should be England’s attack away from house.
“It is toothless, so just how can they solve it? He must begin trying to work out a solution although It’s not an easy situation.
“That’s why Archer is gold dust – he could bowl 90mph all the time, though I’m not sure he wants to. However, more x-factor is needed by England, it can not just be Archer.
“We need extra speed in the attack – whether that is Mark Wood, Olly Stone, Henry Brookes, Saqib Mahmood, Jamie Overton – to pitches and days similar to this.
“England have bowlers who can bowl in certain pockets, whereas India and Australia have bowlers who can bowl for longer spans of the match .”
Hussain’s fellow pro Michael Atherton was critical of Joe Root’s plans, citing his usage of both Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes, since New Zealand handled 250-2 on day three in Mount Maunganui – Colin de Grandhomme (65) along with Henry Nicholls (41) the only men out.
And Hussain states that the England skipper was guilty of not maintaining programs for long enough, even though his lack of penetrative bowlers is his deterrent.
“I don’t believe Root is that Brealey-esque captain but he is trying his hardest to be that,” added the Sky Cricket pro. “Sometimes I don’t believe he sticks with plans long enough and give them a true move.
“You need to get a captain that thinks outside of the box and I am not sure Joe is doing that for long enough. I feel he lacks a little bit of gut feel occasionally.
“But you can shuffle the cards into your pack as many days as you like – they continue to be the same cards.
“If Australia are hitting with 90-plus mph bowlers Placing it and you’re hitting them using 80mph bowlers, all right-arm, all gun-barrel directly, you are able to do whatever you want as a captain, then it is going to be exactly precisely the identical result.”
Also up for discussion on The Cricket Debate…
– How Watling typifies New Zealand’s cricketing philosophy
– When Archer is Used in the right way
– In case Root under-bowled Stokes at Bay Oval
– How Jack Leach needs to offer more using the ball
See day four of the first Test between New Zealand and England, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 9.30pm on Saturday.