The fourth Test between England and India are currently going on at Motera in Ahmedabad. While the visitors could only manage 205 runs in the first innings on Day 1, it was the spinners of Team India who sealed the deal. And, seeing the team former England captain Nasser Hussain slammed them.
The Joe Root-led team dismantled by Axar Patel’s 4-fer, R Ashwin’s three-wicket haul, and Washington Sundar did the huge damage as they removed eight batsmen whereas Mohammed Siraj claimed the rest two. England dropped Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad and brought back Ollie Pope and Dom Bess in the batting line-up. They included only one pacer James Anderson, alongside allrounder Ben Stokes and Nasser Hussain said that they have selected the team that was fit for the third Test.
“Five times they have failed to make 200 in this series and now they’ve only just scraped past that modest total thanks to a couple of reverse sweeps from Jimmy Anderson. It just shows where they are with their batting in these conditions. It was almost as if England had picked a side for the last Test. They left out two of their seamers because they thought the ball would spin from day one again but as it turned out it did a bit for Mohammed Siraj and Ishant Sharma on the first morning,” he wrote in his column on Daily Mail.
“England can count themselves very lucky they did win that toss because bowling would have been hard work for them with the attack they chose. Yes, you can see the need for an extra batsman, in this case Dan Lawrence, on a poor pitch, but in this game England needed three seamers and the extra spinner. They have not read the conditions well and have not played particularly well,” Nasser Hussain again shared.
“Virat Kohli’s captaincy is always better when India are ahead in the game so yesterday suited him perfectly. When he has two spinners and things are going well he is at his best but when his side are behind he gets ruffled and starts to follow the ball with his field placings. So England haven’t really tested him since that first Test,” he concluded.