Nasser Hussain delivers stinging verdict on England batting after dominant Australian victory

After giving themselves a glimmer of hope by showing off a batting flex on day three, England collapsed to lose the first Test by nine wickets.

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England’s weaknesses were behind the Ashes First Test’s defeat by Australia, Nasir Hussain said, with the former captain being candid in his assessment of the team’s performance at Gabba.

The defeat in Brisbane leaves England with a mountain to climb in this series – especially considering how easy it is for the hosts in general.

After one dreary day with the bats and a promising second day of bowling that didn’t produce the results it should have, England really started to make their stride as they built up to 220/2 by the end of the third day.

With Dawid Malan and Commander Joe Root withdrawing, there was hope that their resilience would continue the next morning to give the tourists an unlikely chance of success.

But they collapsed to a full 297 games, and all the Australians had to do was hit a paltry 20 runs to get off to the perfect start in this winter’s series.

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While England’s bowling all showed promise – only bad luck prevented them from breaching the Australian premier standings early in the second day – Hussain lamented their toothless performance with the bat in hand.

“England fans, no matter how hard we’ve been bowling over the years, will know over the last two or three years that the hits are a disappointment and that these meltdowns have taken place,” he told Sky Sports.

“It seems to me that the England squad is struggling to start the next day.

“(Australia) is a great bowling attack, make no mistake. They have five real players. It’s not easy against that attack. This match was not lost today, this match was lost with dropping, fielding and most importantly 147 all on the first day.

“England have been in speculative meltdowns for a very long time now. The Root has been their star for a number of years now. I think this year is the only one to go over 40 on average.

“I think Root and Malan are the only ones with an average lifespan of over 30, I think Root and [Rory] Burns are the only ones with hundreds of test. It’s not good enough, it won’t win you many test matches.”

Despite his analysis of England’s poor batting level, he still hopes to improve in the series.

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And the talisman has chosen Ben Stokes as one of those who can help turn the tide and bring England back into the Ashes competition.

Hussain added: “Stokes always takes time when he’s been off the side for a long time – and he has. He’s someone who needs rhythm to hit.”

“You’re always a better player when you’re off the team. I noticed the England lions were out a hundred times the other day.

“So the backup lineup doesn’t start with massive kicks. There is a problem with red ball hitting in general in England at the moment. Australia is not a bad place for a bat even with a bowling attack.”

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