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Aus v Eng 2nd ODI: James Tredwell or Danny Briggs must play in Sydney
England have specialist spinners in their squad- so why are they afraid to pick them?
Last Updated: 17/01/14 1:53pm
Part-time off-spinner Joe Root took on the slow bowling duties in the tourists' dramatic one-wicket defeat in Brisbane and claimed 2-46 from nine overs, picking up the wickets of Shaun Marsh (55) and skipper Michael Clarke.
But former England captain Hussain is adamant that either off-spinner James Tredwell, who has taken 36 wickets in 24 ODIs, or inexperienced Hampshire left-armer Danny Briggs must play at the SCG - and not just because Root is badly out of form with the bat.
"In the last two years the one-day game has completely changed beyond recognition," reflected Hussain, after James Faulkner's explosive 69no off 47 balls enabled Australia to overhaul England's 300-8 in the final over of the match.
"Scores of 300 aren't quite enough these days with people like Faulkner coming in at number nine. Look at the bats and the ability of the players - Twenty20 has given them confidence.
"You've always got to believe as a captain that there is something you can do to stop it and I believe that England should play the extra bowler because this is an inexperienced attack.
"Stuart Broad will come in and add to that after being rested but I think it is slightly inexperienced and there seems to be a bit of a fear against spin.
"If you look at the bowling figures today on both sides the three most economical bowlers were spinners - Root for England and Michael Clarke and Glenn Maxwell for Australia.
"I'd like England to play a frontline spinner in Sydney because they've picked two of them - Tredwell and Briggs - and they are fearful of playing them.
"So as a captain and a skipper, even with the game moving on, you've always got to believe that you can do something to alter the outcome of that game."
England - at one stage 178-5 - were rescued by a stunning century from Eoin Morgan, who struck 106 off 99 balls and shared a sixth-wicket stand of 117 with Jos Buttler (49 off 36 balls).
Later, Australia were reeling at 120-5 after Gary Ballance grabbed an superb one-handed catch at mid-off to remove Aaron Finch for a duck and paceman Chris Jordan held an instinctive, lightning-quick return chance off his own bowling to send back David Warner.
Glenn Maxwell (54 off 39 balls) roused the middle-order yet England appeared poised to level the series before Faulkner shared an unbeaten 57-run stand with Clint McKay to claim a staggering win.
Hussain said the defeat shows that the tourists need to reinvent their game-plan.
"[Australia coach] Darren Lehmann said after his interview 'we've just won an unwinnable game'," Hussain reflected.
"[England coach] Ashley Giles has now got to lift that dressing room. He said that Eoin Morgan has got a tweaked calf - he didn't say it was cramp - and that would be a massive blow after Morgan's innings. Morgan didn't deserve to be on the losing side with an innings like that.
"There were some very, very good signs from England but I still think they are playing a little old-fashioned, three-years-old cricket where they're thinking 'if we get to 300 we will win'. I don't think that's the case anymore.
"So if they can go into the new era of one-day cricket with some new people like Chris Jordan, Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler, I think they've got a real chance but I do believe they need an extra bowler unless they think that Broad will give them that extra X-factor at the death. But it's a long road back from here."
Watch the third one-day international between Australia and England from 3am on Sky Sports 2 this Sunday.