England Playing XI for first Ashes Test vs Australia: Nasser Hussain wants one big change in middle-order

Dixit Bhargav
|Published July 24, 2019

England Playing XI for first Ashes Test: Former England captain has passed his verdict on England’s Playing XI for Birmingham Test.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain has found errors with scheduling the Ireland Test in between the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and the upcoming Ashes series. In an interview with Daily Mail, Hussain expressed worries about English players burning out in the process.

“I do find the schedule wrong. Of all the years you could give Ireland a Test at Lord’s, they choose this one and put it between a World Cup and the Ashes. And I do worry about burn-out.

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“I remember Jos Buttler at the end of the 2015 Ashes and he was absolutely exhausted. Maybe the adrenaline will keep them going but boy does the Ashes take a lot out of you,” Hussain was quoted as saying.

England Playing XI for first Ashes Test

Being asked the most apt combination for England in the first Ashes Test to be played at Edgbaston on August 1, Hussain didn’t shy away from saying that he’d prefer a contrasting Playing XI. “I would go with a different top three. I would bat Joe Root at three and look to have [Jason] Roy coming in at four or five,” Hussan said.

Roy, who made his Test debut against Ireland a couple of hours ago, couldn’t replicate his ODI from into his debut Test as he became the first English batsman to be dismissed in the third over.

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Quoting another former English captain Alastair Cook’s words regarding difference in ODIs and Tests, Hussain took a jig at English cricketers’ knack of preferring to bat in the middle-order. “There is a difference between red-ball and white-ball cricket and Alastair Cook has said the red Dukes ball has done more in England over the last couple of years than at any time in his career.

“I have no problem with Roy opening because everyone wants to bat in the middle order and [Joe] Root doesn’t want to move from four. There is no doubting Roy’s ability and he could well come off,” Hussain concluded.

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav

Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who is currently into his fifth year as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. His first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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