LONDON: Former captain and commentator Nasser Hussain has slammed England selectors after the Joe Root-led side suffered a huge defeat by 340 runs, in the second Test against South Africa at Trent Bridge, on Monday. Hussain also said the new England players are not doing enough for themselves.
Set 474 to win, England folded up for a mere 133 in a little over 44 overs, losing the Test with one complete day left in the contest. With this win, South Africa have levelled the ongoing four-Test series for the Basil D’Oliveira Trophy.
Last week, England had taken a crucial 1-0 lead with a 211-run win at Lord’s.
England’s defeat at Trent Bridge is their sixth in last eight Test, four of which they lost in India late last year in a five-match away series.
Hussain, commentating on the Test on Sky Sports, said the new players in the England team are not doing enough.
“The players that are coming in aren’t doing anything for them. The ones that are there are. They won at Lord’s not because of Jennings, Ballance or Dawson — they won because of Joe Root. The Tests they have won have been because of Ben Stokes, Root, Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson or Stuart Broad in Johannesburg,” Hussain said, according to express.co.uk.
“The selectors are going to have to have a long hard look at themselves because in the last two years in one-day cricket and now in Test match cricket, their selections have been abysmal,” he added.
Taking names of several new players tried by England of late, Hussain said, “You name some lads that have come in: [James] Vince, [Ben] Duckett, [Gareth] Batty, [Zafar] Ansari. I can name a whole long list of them. There is no-one coming in and doing well. It’s a sad indictment of county cricket that all those lads are getting runs and wickets but every time they’re picked for England, they’re not. You’ve got to give them a long run — don’t overreact.”
Hussain also reminded England selectors of Haseeb Hameed, who impressed everyone on his Test debut in India. “The one that did it, Haseeb Hameed, went back to county cricket and found himself horrendously out of nick,” Hussain said.
The former England captain also took a dig at the mental toughness of the new players that have been drafted in of late. “The mental toughness of some of those players is found wanting because this is the only way. There is just one way to play. We’re going to be gung-ho, we’re going to lose in four days and it doesn’t matter if we don’t take it into the fifth day,” he added.