Former England skipper Nasser Hussain has said the hosts should have won instead of playing slow Cricket on the final day of the first test against New Zealand. England needed 273 runs to win the match in the last two sessions as New Zealand entered the 169/6 season. Root and Dominic Sibley helped England equalize on Sunday at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Sibley ran 60 runs out of 207 balls, equaling the seventh-slowest in the seventh by an English opener since 2000.
“There had to be only one side that wanted to win and that’s why Kane Williamson kept it, even in the end,” Sky Sports said of Hussain.
“He could have given up on 15 hands to go but he didn’t do it because he was the one who played positive cricket.
“I understand why he didn’t side with England. You have to put it in context. They lost the last three test games, neither Jos Buttler nor Ben Stokes,” he added.
Hussain lacked the “intention” of England to win and blamed the slow attitude of the hosts in recent matches as the team led by the roots found themselves out of breath.
“They are often found 20-3 times in Test Cricket, so you have to see where this English team is and where they are trying to get to,” Sky Sports told Hussain.
“But I think at least try to try hard, show some intention and if you drop four or five, you can block it and then you can say‘ no, we’re not going any further, ’” he added.
“They criticized a lot for playing aggressive cricket, now they play defensive cricket – it doesn’t have to be one or the other,” Hussain said.
“In the oddities of the 70s, you can go the other way and then drag it if you have a bit of a problem,” he added.
England and New Zealand will play their second round from next Thursday.
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