Nasser Hussain reflects on England’s performance following ENG v SL match

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Former England cricketer Nasser Hussain criticized Jos Buttler’s team for their poor performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 held in India. The defending champions, who were favored to retain their title, faced a potential elimination from the tournament after losing to Sri Lanka. This defeat marked their third consecutive loss in the tournament and fourth overall out of five games. England, led by Jos Buttler, was bowled out for 156 runs, and Sri Lanka easily chased down the target with 25 overs remaining, losing only two wickets. Nasser Hussain expressed his disappointment with England’s performance, stating that he hasn’t seen them play so badly in consecutive matches. He mentioned the team’s change in tactics, going back to all-rounders and opting to bat first after winning the toss. Hussain emphasized the importance of tactics, team dynamics, and players being at the top of their game, especially in a World Cup. He compared England’s form to South Africa and India, pointing out that their key players were performing well. He also criticized the current structure of English cricket, focusing on shorter formats like T20 and 100-ball cricket instead of playing enough ODIs. Hussain argued that players, like Virat Kohli and Heinrich Klaasen, have learned and improved their skills through playing in T20 franchises worldwide, rendering the excuse of not playing enough domestic 50-over cricket as lame.

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