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Nasser Hussain says England are in charge of New Zealand at Headingley
England lost a septet of wickets on day two in Leeds, but Nasser Hussain says they are in control.
Last Updated: 27/05/13 11:45am
Yorkshire star Joe Root (104) notched a maiden Test ton and fellow Tyke Jonny Bairstow chipped in with 64 to as the hosts rallied from 65-3 following the early departures of Nick Compton (1), Alastair Cook (34) and Jonathan Trott (28).
And despite Kiwi seamer Trent Boult plucking the scalps of Root, Bairstow and Stuart Broad (0) in the final session, erstwhile England skipper Hussain feels Cook's charges, who won the opening Test at Lord's by 170 runs, are in the ascendancy.
"There will be a little bit of concern in the England camp about a couple of soft dismissals," said Hussain, at the end of day which, in sharp contrast to Friday's washout, was sun infested.
"People got in and got out and wickets fell in clusters but I think that is because the 2013 batch of Duke balls is doing more than last year's.
"England will think they have got plenty with the ball moving around, James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Steven Finn to bowl with it and New Zealand's fragile batting line-up [which was skittled out for just 68 in the final innings at Lord's]."
Hussain reserved plenty of praise for Root, who became the first Yorkshireman to post his first Test century at Headingley, and Matt Prior, who bagged a pair at Lord's but swatted a quick-fire 38 not out from 44 balls on Saturday evening.
The former Essex bat said: "We have this horrible habit of building players up too much and we must not do that with Root, who will have a lean trot at some point and find a bowler that has it on him.
"But he ticks every box; he is seeing the ball beautifully, I like the fact that he is a back-foot player and he is a very modern cricketer who can play all the shots."
On gloveman Prior, Hussain added: "I don't think he is someone that frets too much and he wouldn't have had sleepless nights over what happened at Lord's - and he came out in this innings in the right way by taking the attack to New Zealand."