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Aus v Eng 3rd T20: Time for a fresh start after another 'complete and utter walloping'
Nasser Hussain believes England must afresh in West Indies after their tour of Australia ended in another defeat.
Last Updated: 02/02/14 7:52pm
Australia secured a Twenty20 series sweep with an 84-run triumph in Sydney, making the overall tour an embarrassing 12-1 defeat for England and former skipper Hussain admitted: "It was a bit of a walk in the park, Australia put in their best most complete performance here and England came third basically, that was just a complete and utter walloping.
"I honestly thought they had a chance this series. If you look at the two sides, with Australia sending a lot of their big guns off to South Africa and having almost their B-Team and England, with the exception of maybe Pietersen, playing their best team it wasn't the case at all.
"Look at the way the Aussies have turned it around from 'homework-gate', it can be done if you get the right coach and the right team spirit it can be turned around.
"England now go to the West Indies and they've got a good record in the Caribbean - they won the World Twenty20 there. They've got different players now, but with those good memories from out there let's hope it's the start of something fresh and new."
The departure of Andy Flower from his role as England team director this week signalled the dramatic shake-up expected behind the scenes, and limited-overs coach Ashley Giles is favourite to oversee the team in all three forms of the game. Despite losing the T20 series with Australia 3-0 under Giles' tutelage, Hussain believes the former spinner has been unlucky, although he must still be criticised for selection errors.
He said: "There's no point in appointing coaches and thinking about it too much if you don't appoint the right man. He's not always had his best team - in Twenty20's he has - but in the one-dayers there have been a lot of people rested.
"I can't remember the last time so many players rarely got rested for Test matches but were excused one-day cricket and I think that's been a little bit harsh on Ashley Giles.
"He took England to that Champions Trophy final, if they'd been a bit wiser in the last few overs they would have won that and everyone would have said 'he's the right man'.
"He's still learning his trade; I know that sounds odd for someone who's applying for the job as England coach but everyone is still learning including the players - whether you're Alastair Cook or whoever.
"I repeat, it is down to players. He doesn't send them out there to be 30-3 and say that's what I want from you - they made the wrong decisions to be 30-3.
"There have been mistakes made in selection as well as stubbornness with Eoin Morgan. When you're chasing 200 and you're having Morgan bat at five and Joe Root at No 4 - it's just the wrong way around.
"He's got selection wrong, they are a little bit too stubborn but players take responsibility.
"You can't doubt their work ethic. It won't come as any consolation when it's 12-1 - they're not interested in that back home, but these haven't been a group of lads swanning it around Australia giving it the big one. They have been working their socks off to try and get this right and they just haven't."
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