Ashes 2019: Australia have outplayed England and deserve to retain urn, says Nasser Hussain


Nasser Hussain claims Australia were winners of the fourth Test at Old Trafford as they kept the Ashes, even though England showing durability and character in their attempts to conserve the game on the last day.
England started the day already two wickets down, with dropped Rory Burns and captain Joe Root to successive deliveries around the fourth day, but fought their way to the final session of this fifth day before being bowled out for 197 with 13.3 overs left.
He added that it could have been travesty had England led into the final Test at The Oval on Thursday using the string 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. “Additional England sides would have crumbled into a heap, to be honest, same with all the previous match at Headingley.
“Coming on a fifth day Old Trafford pitch, so they would have been dismissed. They weren’t; they revealed a lot of character and fight.
“Joe Denly played well however, the problem is, they frequently find themselves 10-2, 20-2. Against sides that are certain, you can return out of that. Against this Australian attack, you can’t.
“Let’s be honest, if England had gone into The Oval at 1-1, it might have been a tiny travesty. England has been outplayed by australia.
“Ben Stokes in Headingley maintained them in this series having a remarkable innings. If they’d gone into The Oval they wouldn’t have thought their fortune. They are not, they are likely in 2-1 down”
Hussain argues that their own cause wasn’t helped by the loss of the leading wicket-taker James Anderson to harm from the very first Test of England, nor does a muddled choice policy since.
“Let’s not forget one thing, three overs into his Ashes, Anderson got hurt. He is a fantastic bowler in England; that is a gigantic blowoff,” added Hussain. “It’s lucky England’d Jofra Archer on standby. This series would have been done and dusted otherwise.
“I also think England didn’t help themselves with choice sometimes. Australia picked.
“Jason Roy in the top of the order. The selectors, at times, have a bit smart with themselves. ‘Since Buttler worked season, let’s try this again with Roy’.
“Michael Atherton stated it this afternoon, this summer should show you there’s a enormous difference between red-ball batting and also white-ball batting.
“The selectors must have seen how tough Roy goes at the ball, they need to have spoken to Surrey, asked why they don’t open ?
“That was a mistake and, coming , I’d really like to know why Chris Woakes was left outside, provided his stats from England?
“How is Woakes not your third greatest bowler in England, especially when Anderson is currently missing, Mark Wood is missing, Olly Stone is currently lost?
“Craig Overton did well out there today, really courageous, brilliantly courageous, but there was a drop-off following Stuart Broad and Archer yesterday following tea, visiting Overton.”
Sir Ian Botham echoed Hussain’s sentimentsusing their stable of quick bowlers, led by Pat Cummins.
“I was amazed [from England’s struggle ], given the way the match was going – Australia coming out last night and rapping on those two quick wickets,” said Botham.
“You constantly try to target the Root and captain was taken out first ball. That sent shockwaves throughout the dressing area and they did well to battle back.
“But Australia have been magnificent. It hurts me to say , believe me. They’ve been fantastic.
“The bowling attack, you’ve got to take your hat off to them. Cummins, I think, is exceptional. You can see he is the best bowler in the world at the moment, rated. Josh Hazlewood also, he will be climbing up those rankings.”
Watch day among the fifth and final Ashes Test, from The Oval, live on Sky Sports The Ashes September 12, from 10am on Thursday.

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