Nasser Hussain: England confirmed ‘no intent in any respect’ in Check run chase in opposition to New Zealand at Lord’s



Nasser Hussain

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England crawled to 170-3 from 70 overs after New Zealand captain Kane Williamson set them a goal of 273 as the primary Check at Lord’s led to a draw; watch the second Check between England and New Zealand at Edgbaston from 10am on Thursday, reside on Sky Sports activities Cricket

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There was frustration for Kyle Jamieson and his New Zealand team-mates as England declined to chase the target of 273 at Lord's

There was frustration for Kyle Jamieson and his New Zealand team-mates as England declined to chase the goal of 273 at Lord’s

Nasser Hussain has criticised England for displaying “no intent in any respect” by declining to aim a run chase on the ultimate day of the drawn first Check in opposition to New Zealand.

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson supplied England a beneficiant declaration at Lord’s, setting them a 273 goal in a doable 75 overs – however the residence facet began slowly and by no means accelerated.

Opener Dom Sibley spent greater than 5 hours on the crease for his undefeated 60 and Williamson ultimately agreed to name off the competition simply after 7pm, with England on 170-3 from 70 overs.

However Sky Sports activities pundit Hussain felt the batsmen ought to initially at the least have made a better effort to press for victory – significantly because the match gave spectators their first alternative to observe Check cricket in England in individual for the reason that begin of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Joe Root says that England’s run chase did not fairly materialise as they failed to achieve New Zealand’s goal

Joe Root says that England’s run chase did not fairly materialise as they failed to achieve New Zealand’s goal

“There solely appeared to be one facet that have been eager to win it and that is why Kane Williamson stayed on, even on the finish.

“He may have shaken fingers at 15 overs to go however he did not as a result of he was the one taking part in the constructive cricket.

“I perceive why England did not go for it – you need to put it into context. They misplaced their final three Check matches, there is no Jos Buttler, no Ben Stokes.

“In the event that they have been taking part in, I believe there would have been extra intent. They’re making an attempt to occupy the crease and bat lengthy, that is what they’ve requested Dom Sibley to do and that is what he did do.

Dom Sibley batted for more than five hours to finish unbeaten on 60 in the first Test at Lord's

Dom Sibley batted for greater than 5 hours to complete unbeaten on 60 within the first Check at Lord’s

“They discover themselves 20-3 far too typically in Check cricket, so that you do have to have a look at the larger image of the place this England workforce are and the place they’re making an attempt to get to.

“However I believe at the least attempt to go at it laborious, present some intent and should you get 4 or 5 down, then you’ll be able to block, then you’ll be able to say ‘no, we’re not going any additional’.

“It’s totally simple for us, outdoors the dressing room, to say ‘take care of the followers’, we have waited for the followers to come back again in and what in regards to the TV viewers?

“In that dressing room, they are going to really feel their job is to develop into a greater facet, they wish to go down this highway and so they desire a change of mindset.

Neil Wagner gave New Zealand hope of victory by dismissing Rory Burns and Joe Root on the final afternoon at Lord's

Neil Wagner gave New Zealand hope of victory by dismissing Rory Burns and Joe Root on the ultimate afternoon at Lord’s

“They bought criticised lots for enjoying aggressive cricket, now they play defensive cricket – it would not need to be one or the opposite.

“In 70-odd overs, you’ll be able to go the opposite manner after which should you get in a little bit of hassle you’ll be able to drag it again in.

“I simply did not like the best way for 70 overs, there was no intent in any respect and it was solely New Zealand making an attempt to win the sport. I did not assume that was ok and I believe the followers right here deserve higher than that.”

Watch day one of many second Check between England and New Zealand, at Edgbaston, reside on Sky Sports activities Cricket from 10am on Thursday.





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