Only “New Zealand and India are producing high-quality red-ball batsmen”, says Naseer Hussain
India is finally making its mark on English soil after 14 years. Virat Kohli-led team is seeking its first Test series win in the last 14 years and victory in the second match of the series has helped strengthen the team’s position and also boosted the morale of the players. England is playing without some of its key players which has hurt their chances of a promising comeback.
Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes are suffering from some injuries which made them unavailable for this series. On the other hand, Ben Stokes took a voluntary break due to his mental health reasons. Stuart Broad suffered a calf injury and got himself out of the series. All these injuries and the already weak batting lineup do not predict a win for England. Naseer Hussain, the former England captain seems to have sensed it and thinks that it is difficult for the home team to bounce back against India.
He recently said that England is going to have a tough time with so many bowlers out of the team due to injuries, especially when English batsmen are batting the way they are. Kept his tone hopeful when he stated about the time when England were in a situation to win the second Test on the final morning. He stated that the “game wasn’t all that bad”. Only “New Zealand and India are producing high-quality red-ball batsmen”, says Naseer Hussain.
He expects to see a totally different game at Headingley. In Naseer’s opinion the ever-changing nature of the game is the beauty of Test cricket. He stated that all has looked quite flat this year but “these two are two vulnerable batting line-ups”.
Hussain reflected on England’s batting and said that this slide was on the cards for England. It had been coming their way for a long time, Hussain said. But he also feels that it’s is not only England whose Batting lineup is suffering in Test cricket. He said that all the Test-playing nations, barring two, are going through the same situation. According to the former England captain, only India and New Zealand have been able to produce “high-quality red-ball batsmen”.