Everything we bowled went to the boundary: Hussain

Published: Monday, September 23, 2002, 18:41 [IST]
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Colombo: England skipper Nasser Hussain said on Sunday his team needed to show more character in pressure situations in order to win crucial matches against strong teams.

England crashed out of the 12-nation Champions Trophy One-day cricket tournament after suffering an eight-wicket defeat against India in a vital league game here. India surpassed England's total of 269 for seven with 10.3 overs to spare in the day- night match, with openers Virender Sehwag (126) and skipper Sourav Ganguly (117 not out) scoring quickfire centuries. "We need to show more character in situations like this," said Hussain. "Both the openers came at us strongly and we didn't have an answer. We're alright when teams don't quite come at us as strongly as this and we'll have to work out ways to counter this." The England skipper conceded that nothing had worked for his team in the big game, saying they were outclassed by a better side. "India just played exceptionally well. Sometimes you just have to give credit where it's due," he said. "We've played against India a lot and have studied their game carefully. We know what areas they do most of their hitting and have thought of a few ways to restrict that. "It just didn't work today though. The first eight overs they bowled were very difficult for our batsmen and again when they batted their first 15 overs they were very good. "We tried a few variations (to contain the Indian openers) today, like slower balls and bumpers," he said. "But everything we bowled seemed to go for four. In English conditions, where the ball does a bit more off the wicket and in the air you don't need to do much more than put the ball in the right place. In conditions like this you need more variations." Hussain, however, was pleased with the way his team recovered from a shaky start to post a decent total. "As far as batting is concerned I'm quite pleased with the way we've done. In the last year or so the batting has not been a cause for worry. Even today I thought the middle order batted exceptionally to take us to 270," he said. India captain Ganguly lauded Sehwag for hammering a 104-ball 126 and setting up the team's victory. "Sehwag's century took the game away from England. He was brilliant and took the pressure off us. The way he batted he took the sting out of the England attack. The game was in our pocket when he was dismissed. We were not going to lose from that position," he said. "The win at Lord's in the NatWest Trophy final and then the Test victory at Headingley mean more to me than this one, but every victory is satisfying at international level," Ganguly added.

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