London: Former England cricket team captain Nasser Hussain and batsman Robert Key have blamed the poor quality of the County Championship for England’s batting failure.
Nasser furious at ECB
Nasser Hussain and Robert Key have blamed the England and Wales Cricket Board for ignoring the format of red ball cricket.
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‘Test cricket suffered’
Nasser Hussain told DailyMail from Dot UK, I have enjoyed it (The Hundred). The ambiance has been wonderful and has a different feel to it. Test cricket has been damaged in every way by having so much white-ball cricket at this time of year. This program is ridiculous.
‘Ignoring red ball cricket’
Robert Key said, ‘I agree about the schedule up to a point but England’s problems in Test cricket have not come because of ‘The Hundred’. There was a lot of county championship cricket before the New Zealand series. The technique of England players has evolved from the environment in which they have played for 7 or 8 years. We are seeing the consequences of years of neglect for red-ball cricket.
Appreciation for Indian batsmen
Nasser Hussain praised the Test match batsmen of India and New Zealand. He said, “Test championship finalists in New Zealand and India who are producing high quality red-ball batsmen. Rest of the teams are ignoring the batting.
‘ECB see New Zealand’s example’
Nasser Hussain has captained England in 96 Test matches. He has advised that playing cricket on better pitches can solve this problem. For this, he said that the ECB needs to look at the example of New Zealand Cricket (NZC).