Viv Richards Is Wrong, England Batsmen Are Right: Nasser Hussain Questions England’s Batting Technique

Nasser Hussain questioned the batting technique showed by England, who were reduced to 122/9 in their second innings and are heading towards a series defeat against New Zealand. Former captain Nasser Hussain has lambasted the England cricket team for their pathetic show with the bat in the second innings of the second Test against New Zealand in Edgbaston. In response to New Zealand’s first-innings lead of 85, England’s top-order was dismissed cheaply by pacers Matt Henry and Neil Wagner as Joe Root’s side collapsed to 76/7 before Mark Wood and Olly Stone added a semblance of respect to the total.

Viv Richards Is Wrong, England Batsmen Are Right: Nasser Hussain Questions England’s Batting Technique

Nasser Hussain questioned the batting technique showed by England, who were reduced to 122/9 in their second innings and are heading towards a series defeat against New Zealand.

Former captain Nasser Hussain has lambasted the England cricket team for their pathetic show with the bat in the second innings of the second Test against New Zealand in Edgbaston.

In response to New Zealand’s first-innings lead of 85, England’s top-order was dismissed cheaply by pacers Matt Henry and Neil Wagner as Joe Root’s side collapsed to 76/7 before Mark Wood and Olly Stone added a semblance of respect to the total.

Nasser Hussain (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Nasser Hussain Questioned England’s Batting Technique

England ended the day on 122/9 with a lead of just 37 runs and is heading towards a series defeat. Nasser Hussain questioned England’s batting technique, believing they should have shown orthodoxy in their approach.

“There seems to have been a reinvention of the wheel out there with batting. Techniques out there that everyone else who has played the game before – they are all wrong and we are right.

“We’re going to have these odd little techniques, we’re going to have the bat coming across it, we’re going to stand funny, we’re going to swing outside our off stump because everyone else in the history of the game – Viv Richards, you are wrong, and we are right,” Nasser Hussain wrote on Sky Sports.

Joe Root
Joe Root
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In the first Test in Lord’s as well, England received flak for opting not to chase down 273 runs in the final two sessions of the match. Joe Root, England captain defended his side’s approach by saying the “series is very much alive” after they laboured to a draw in the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s on Sunday. England, who has not lost a home red-ball series since 2014, was 170-3 in 70 overs when a draw was agreed in the 1st Test.

Nasser Hussain Urges England Batsmen Have To Get Back To Playing Normally

 With a five-Test series awaiting against India, Nasser Hussain believes England needs to take a stock of where they stand in terms of batting. The former captain reckons the current tactics need to change in order to ensure good performances at both international and County cricket alike.

“I’m not seeing we are right at the moment, whether it be in Sri Lanka where Joe Root carried them, whether it be in India and they don’t have the excuse of the pitches turning here. Whether it is the seaming ball or the spinning ball, they are right and everyone else is wrong. And I don’t see a young batting line-up.

“I see Sibley, Burns, Crawley, Root, and Pope. There’s no one missing in that top five – then come Stokes and Buttler. They’ve got all the coaches, all the backroom staff – please, just get back to playing normally and getting a first innings score,” Hussain added.

Zak Crawley-Twitter
Zak Crawley-Twitter
“The other thing is, these are the lads that are getting the runs in county cricket. If you picked the five who are getting runs, these are them. So please, have a look at your game and more importantly have a look at the opposition – they are batting how you’re supposed to. It’s just chalk and cheese.
“Technically gifted, sound batsmen playing the game the way it’s supposed to be played – let the ball come to you, leave it well and play with a straight bat. Six changes they’ve made and they still look such a sharp outfit.”
Zak Crawley is having a poor run as he averaged a mere 8.75 against Sri Lanka, 16.75 against India, and 5.25 against New Zealand in the ongoing Test series, but is still being persisted with.
Rory Burns, despite his 132 and 81 in the two Tests, averaged a mere 5 against and 14.5 against India in the two preceding series. Dom Sibley’s average hasn’t been above 35 in any of the series against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, and New Zealand.
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Suresh Raina Recalls Occasional Unrest Among Indian Players

Suresh Raina did not name the individuals in his autobiography Believe but explained that he would occasionally receive a cold shoulder from some players upon his arrival on the Indian team. Former India batsman Suresh Raina has revealed that he did not have the smoothest of relations with some of the senior players of the Indian team initially in his career. Suresh Raina made his India debut in 2005 under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid and when Greg Chappell was the coach. Suresh Raina Admits Having Tense Moments With Cricketers In India’s Dressing Room Suresh Raina did not name the individuals

Suresh Raina Recalls Occasional Unrest Among Indian Players

Suresh Raina did not name the individuals in his autobiography Believe but explained that he would occasionally receive a cold shoulder from some players upon his arrival on the Indian team.

Former India batsman Suresh Raina has revealed that he did not have the smoothest of relations with some of the senior players of the Indian team initially in his career. Suresh Raina made his India debut in 2005 under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid and when Greg Chappell was the coach.

Suresh Raina has 5615 runs from 226 ODIs and 1605 from 78 T20Is for India. (Source: File)

Suresh Raina Admits Having Tense Moments With Cricketers In India’s Dressing Room

Suresh Raina did not name the individuals but explained that he would occasionally receive a cold shoulder from some players upon his arrival on the Indian team.

 “I remember one of the senior players of the team came up to me to mock me, saying that I was the only one who got all the ‘extra’ practice sessions as if it was only me who was going to play the match. So, I quickly asked him to join me because I had no intentions to hurt anyone. For me, ragging was no big deal since I was used to that, thanks to my hostel life. But I wouldn’t say anyone ever got ‘ragged’ in the Indian dressing room,” read an excerpt from Raina’s autobiography ‘Believe’, as quoted by Mid-Day.
(File) Sourav Ganguly (left) with Greg Chappell
(File) Sourav Ganguly (left) with Greg Chappell

“Believe me, I know what ragging is. We didn’t have that. What we did have were some tense moments with some players. There were instances when we would greet some of the senior players in the morning, and they wouldn’t greet us back. But I never took these to heart.”

The Greg Chappell era remains an infamous one in the history of Indian cricket. It was a time when Indian cricket was in a bit of turmoil with the whole Sourav Ganguly-Greg Chappell fallout, which was followed by India’s early elimination from the 2007 World Cup after which Greg Chappell was duly shown the door.

Suresh Raina: A Significant Change Was Rahul Dravid Replacing Sourav Ganguly As The Skipper Which Led To Discomfort And Unrest

With Sourav Ganguly out of the team, Rahul Dravid replaced him as the captain of the team, which Suresh Raina revealed was one of the reasons behind the tension between some senior players. The former left-handed batsmen informed that even though Sachin Tendulkar and skipper Rahul Dravid would try and maintain a positive environment in the team, there was occasional unrest.

 “There were certain players, like Rahul Dravid and Sachin Paaji, who were revered in the dressing room. They would try to keep things calm. Another significant change at that time was Dravid replacing Dada as the captain,” the excerpt read.
After his ouster from the team in 2005, Sourav Ganguly was replaced by Rahul Dravid as India captain. (Getty Images)
After his ouster from the team in 2005, Sourav Ganguly was replaced by Rahul Dravid as India captain. (Getty Images)

“So, it was the accumulation of all these factors that led to the occasional unrest among the seniors. It was a transitional period for the team. Not every junior player felt comfortable in that situation. But my relations with Rahul Bhai were very good.”

Former Indian cricket captain and current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly always maintained that the “biggest setback” of his career was when he was stripped of his captaincy and eventually dropped from the national side in 2005. Many senior cricketers, including Sourav Ganguly, have talked about the period when India was coached by Australian Greg Chappell and his strained relationship with others in the team.

, also fondly known as ‘Dada’, made his comeback in 2006 in India’s tour of South Africa and proved his critics wrong that his best years were gone by. He played some of his best knocks before hanging up his boots in 2008.   He is revered as one of the best Indian captains for his role in reviving Indian cricket’s image following the match-fixing scandal in 2000.

His brand of fearless and aggressive cricket made India into a force to reckon with in world cricket. Apart from the many milestones and victories that the team chalked up under his leadership, he also led India to the final of the 2003 World Cup. He represented India in 113 Tests and 311 ODIs, scoring 7,212 and 11,363 runs in the respective formats during his career.

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