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Nasser Hussain

Cricket expert & columnist

“Every party with Root, Stokes, Anderson and Broad should not play as cricket as they are from home”

Last updated: 12/31/19 6:12 PM

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Nasser Hussain and Ian Ward discuss the recent problems of England on and off the field prior to the second test against South Africa.

Nasser Hussain and Ian Ward discuss the recent problems of England on and off the field prior to the second test against South Africa.

Nasser Hussain says that there is too much talent in the test team in England to keep playing so badly away from home.

England has a horrible recent record in overseas series and won only twice – 3-0 in Sri Lanka a year ago and 2-1 on their last tour through South Africa in 2015-16 – since the famous win in India in 2012- 13.

Since that success in India, England has drawn three series and lost seven, with an individual test record of eight wins, 10 draws and 23 losses after their last defeat away from home in Centurion against South Africa.

5:16 Highs from day four of the first test between South Africa and England, while the hosts achieved a 107 point win.

Highlights from day four of the first test between South Africa and England, while the hosts achieved a 107 point win.

“If it was just one bad game, you can think it’s just a hiccup and we can correct that,” Hussain told Sky Sports News. “But let’s face it, historically, away from home, England hasn’t played a great cricket.

“They are mid-table mediocrity; problems with their batting, a little brainless with their bowling in that last game – considering they had [Stuart] Broad and [James] Anderson, with more than 1,000 Test wickets between them.

4:25 English coach Chris Silverwood defended Joe Root’s decision to merge South Africa after the tourists lost the first test at Centurion.

England’s coach, Chris Silverwood, defended Joe Root’s decision to merge South Africa after the tourists lost the first test at Centurion.

“They seemed to want to go in without a spinner, so don’t give me this” Jack Leach was sick. “Yes, he was sick, but the Hamilton test for it left him out when he was fit and healthy.

“You don’t mind losing a game if you have your tactical decisions and selectoral decisions right. I’m not sure if they’re doing that right now.

5:50 Former assistant coach Paul Farbrace and bat coach Mark Ramprakash play the role of selector and debate about the XI of England for Cape Town.

Former assistant coach Paul Farbrace and batting coach Mark Ramprakash play the role of selector and debate about the XI of England for Cape Town.

“Each side with [Joe] Root, [Ben] Stokes, Anderson and Broad – although I’m not sure if they will have all four [play this week] – shouldn’t play as cricket as this from home.

“They are, or will in any case end, four of the greatest English cricket of all time and are currently underperforming.

“First innings runs [are important] are a little smarter when they are bowling and, let’s face it, they need a little more nous from the captain.

2:28 The English captain Joe Root greeted the attitude on his part after illness destroyed their build-up to the first test and the game itself.

The English captain Joe Root greeted the attitude on his part after illness had destroyed their build up to the first test and the game itself.

“I look at one side of the Virat Kohli India test and think it’s a Kohli side, Kane Williamson [the same with New Zealand], but I look at the test side of Root’s Test and think what impression he has on it “Not much at the moment.”

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While the test team’s fortunes remain mixed, Hussain thought about a fantastic 2019 for the team as a whole, including a first win at home in the ICC Cricket World Cup in the summer.

“Whatever you say about English cricket – and we are in a damper right now – but it is incredibly good to watch,” Hussain added. “This summer with the Ashes – Stokes in Headingley was incredible – but the highlight must be that the World Cup wins at Lord.

1:28 Now watch our special show On Demand, while England’s World Cup winners are thinking about their remarkable triumph at Lord’s.

Watch our special show On Demand now, while England’s World Cup winners are thinking about their remarkable triumph at Lord’s.

“It was probably one of the biggest cricket games ever, and it happened to be in a World Cup Final, and it happened to go to a Super Over, with Ian Smith commenting” at the sharpest margin. “

“It was a fantastic day.”

View day one of the second test between South Africa and England from 7.30 am on Friday on Sky Sports Cricket.