Nasser Hussain says??since they retained the Ashes, despite England revealing resilience and character in their attempts to save the game on the last day, Australia were deserving winners of the fourth Test at Old Trafford.
England started the day already two wickets down, having lost Rory Burns and ruler Joe Root to consecutive deliveries over the fourth day, but fought their way into the final session of this fifth day before being bowled out for 197 with 13.3 overs left.
He added that it would have been travesty had England headed using the series tied at 1-1 Even though England’s efforts were applauded by Hussain.
“You can not mistake the personality and the durability of the England side,” said Hussain. “Other England sides would’ve crumbled into a heap, in all honesty, same with all the previous game at Headingley.
“Coming on a week-long Old Trafford pitch, they would have been ignored. They weren’t; they revealed a lot of character and fight.
“Joe Denly played well however, the problem is, they often find themselves 10-2, 20-2. Against sides that are certain, you can return from that. Against this assault, you can not.
“Let’s be fair, though England had gone to The Oval at 1-1, it would have been a tiny travesty. England has been outplayed by australia.
“Ben Stokes in Headingley maintained them within this series having a remarkable innings. They wouldn’t have believed their fortune , if they’d gone at 1-1. They’re not, they are moving in 2-1 down”
Hussain argues that their cause wasn’t helped by the loss of England’s major wicket-taker James Anderson to harm in the very first Test, nor has a choice policy because.
“Let’s not forget one thing, three overs to his Ashes, Anderson got injured. He is a great bowler in England; that is a huge blowoff,” added Hussain. “It is fortunate England’d Jofra Archer on standby. This series could have been done and dusted.
“I also think England didn’t help themselves with choice at times. Australia selected.
“Jason Roy at the top of the order. The selectors, occasionally, have got a bit smart with themselves. ‘Because Buttler worked season, let’s try that with Roy’.
“Michael Atherton stated it this morning, this summer should show you there is a enormous difference between red-ball batting and also white-ball batting.
“The selectors must have noticed how tough Roy goes at the ball, so they should have spoken to Surrey, inquired why they don’t open with him?
“That was an error and, coming , I would like to understand Chris Woakes was left out, provided his stats in England?
“How is Woakes not the third greatest bowler in England, particularly when Anderson is missing, Mark Wood is currently lost, Olly Stone is currently lost?
“Craig Overton did very well out there now, really courageous, brilliantly courageous, however there was a drop-off after Stuart Broad and Archer yesterday after tea, going to Overton.”
Sir Ian Botham echoed the thoughts of Hussain with their stable of fast bowlers, led by Pat Cummins impressing.
“I was amazed [by England’s fight], given the way in which the match was going – Australia coming out last night and knocking over those two quick wickets,” said Botham.
“You always try to aim the Root and captain was shot out first ball. That sent shockwaves through the dressing area and they did well to battle back.
“But Australia have been magnificent. It disturbs me to say , believe me. They have been fantastic.
“The attack, you have got to take your hat off to them. Cummins, I think, is outstanding. You can see he’s the best bowler in the world at the moment, ranked No 1. Josh Hazlewood too, he’ll be climbing up those positions.”
See day among the fifth and final Ashes Test, in The Oval, live from 10am on Thursday, September 12.

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