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No need to panic
Defeat in Perth was more about the pitch than England falling off their Ashes pedestal, says Nasser Hussain.Back to story
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Dave Brook says...
what are the requirements of an all rounder? Is prior an all rounder or that Aussie wicket keeper? Need to know. Is it a batter/bowler or batter/anywhere? Help me. Btw it may say Cheshire on my tag but I'm a Lancastrian lad with a Geordie mam. Answer this :) please
Posted 00:53 29th December 2010
Kevin Haynes says...
i agree with some of the things Nasser said ,but he keeps saying the Australians are not a better side than England is he trying to convince himself or England.i dont agree with your comment about the wicket, it was a great wicket for fast bowler who swing the ball and both teams had that.England batsmen let them down plain and simple.i must say England are ahead in the captain department ,i give Strauss 810 and pointing 310 Strauss got 8 because he should have bowl Swann a lot more,especially when Hussey first came in to bat.Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all of you.
Posted 13:19 25th December 2010
Anthony Easton says...
I think what we are seeing is two fairly even circket sides, and whoever best handles the conditions on any given day/pitch will win. I've heard some people suggest England dominated both early tests, but clearly the first test was an even result. Both teams lost 11 wickets for nearly 600 runs or more. Both sides have some batsmen in and out of form, England probably have more in form. Neither side has a truley great bowler, but each side has some good bowlers capable of great feats on their day. In the end thats the great thing about this series, neither side is a bad side or a great side. It means we go into every game unsure of the result. As a cricket lover its fantastic.
Posted 14:09 24th December 2010
Peter Hanna says...
G'day Nasser, You are a former England captain so I would dare not presume to know more than you,however Johnson's change in form I would suggest is more down to the work of Troy Cooley and others and not just a flash in the pan. Following on from that your prediction for England to continue winning has to many if's( in Australia we have a saying If my aunty had balls she'd be my uncle). The trouble with Swann he has come in with a big reputation and the majority of his wickets have been claimed on English pitches suited to him. The Aussie batsmen Hussey and Watson in particular don't hold any fear of him which is now starting to filter through the rest of the team. I think that we will now see if this English team can respond to pressure, the key is Peterson if he can play a good game like he talks a good game he should be the number one batsmen in the world!
Posted 21:37 22nd December 2010
George Staples says...
O.K. Nasser, most of what you say is correct, but to improve a losing side by changing the batting order and omitting those who are not performing, is not a sign of panic. Tell me, why is the Pieterson place so sacrosant? Why can,t he be left out? He is not performing, why cover for him ? Prior's glove work is shoddy and he's not scoring runs, leave him out and bring in a competent keeper. I fail to understand this England selection policy. Guaranteed places should not happen. The Aussies are not afraid to omit when necessary. Is isa to do with the central contract agreement.? Strauss and Flower need to shake up these players. Can they do it if they have guaranteed places to them ? I doubt it. George Staples
Posted 17:37 22nd December 2010
David Neale says...
Nass, agree with the bulk of your comments. I said 3-1 before a ball was bowled, simply because I have followed england from the age of 8 and 34 years on nothing has changed. Whenever we get a good side (and we are now) we have never managed to go through a series against a good side without blowing up. My issue with us is our batting style. With the generally weaker test attacks and flatter pitches, the current line up score well and at a rate of knots. Pietersan, Prior and Strauss can't block for long periods, they instinctively go after the ball. Only Trott and Cook can drop anchor. Brisbane apart they can't kill a game into a bore draw. Where India have the edge over England is that they adapt their game and battle to the death 2nd innings, just Compare Centurion with Perth. No need to panic is correct , Finn is as you say Broad at 20, but he's going at 6 an over excluding maidens. If we are honest half his wickets have come from long hops. Compare with Tremlett who was superb and reminded me of Glen Mcgrath. If he could motivate himself , Broad, Anderson, Tremlett and Swann is very exiting for the future. All I would do is rest Finn for Bresnan, and at Sydney Finn for Panesar. Collingwood will do his usual mandatory performance when threatended with the axe. We will win and are just a small step behind the Proteas and India.
Posted 21:44 21st December 2010
James Hunt says...
hi nass, quality insights - glad someone has pointed out test cricket is meant to be tough, and that runs aren't meant to be piled up like warnie with his text messaging. only thing i could add to your column is to say it would be quite nice to see you rocking up at number 3 or 4 for the rest of the series for us. i have a feeling we're going to have to fight - whatever the pitch. score ugly. bowl ugly, put the pressure on them.
Posted 20:46 20th December 2010
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