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“It wasn’t as though Australia started well and they continued…England were bossing the game”
Former England captain Nasser Hussain has admitted that the national team’s 381-run loss in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane was “very worrying”.
Hussain added that England were “bullied” by arch-rivals Australia.
“It’s very worrying (to have lost so heavily),” Hussain told Sky Sports. “They were bullied. It wasn’t as though Australia started well and they continued…England were bossing the game.
“On day one they were in control, all the memories of the summer (England retained the Ashes with a 3-0 series win on home soil earlier this year) were still there, they were playing well and since then it’s just been an absolute shambles.
“A lot of it has to do with the opposition, Mitchell Johnson is unrecognisable from the bowler we have seen in previous Ashes battles, the confidence and the togetherness are unrecognisable from the team we saw in England, thanks to (coach) Darren Lehmann.”
Legendary England all-rounder Sir Ian Botham blamed England’s loss on the failure of their top order batsmen.
“The batsmen need to have a long look at themselves…how many of them were got out rather than getting out,” he said. “It was just a matter of when (England would lose). It’s just not good enough and we’ve got this habit of doing this (batting badly) in a first Test.
“When you’re bowled out for 136 on a shirt front (of a pitch) which that is – and still is – then you are out of the game.”
Meanwhile, former Australia spin king Shane Warne believes Australia’s win was courtesy of all their hard work after being thrashed 3-0 by England in the last Ashes series.
“Towards the end of the Ashes series (in England) you just started to see the guys smile a bit more and that was Darren Lehmann’s influence,” Warne said. “Some of the things he has brought in, in combination with Michael Clarke, has been fantastic.
“If you have a happy dressing room and you’re a happy cricketer, it shows out on the field.
“This one for Australia was important…to be in the contest they had to win the Test match. The way they have won, from six for 132 to win like this, shows a lot of character.”