All is not lost for England: Nasser Hussain

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Putting behind their injury woes, the touring England cricketers will rise to the occasion and put up a good fight against India, said former captain Nasser Hussain.

''This is not a lost cause,'' Hussain, who led England when they toured India in 2001, told Daily Telegraph today.

''Far from it. I reckon you have to pull together harder in times of crisis. It is a test of how strong English cricket is; not just the 11 cricketers who won the Ashes, but the whole lot.

We've lost our captain, our number one spin bowler, our best player of spin and our best reverse-swinger. So, let's find out, what have we got instead?'' the Chennai-born former batsman said.

Hussain, now a commentator, had faced a similar situation then when his best player of spin Graham Thorpe was flown back to England due to personal reasons.

Recalling his experience of the series when he had used unorthodox ploys, Hussain said England would be more than a handful for the Indians if the visitors can put some pressure on the hosts.

''Expectation levels in India put more pressure on the home team than the visitors. Anything England can do to keep the pressure on is worthwhile,'' he said.

''I had researched previous tours of India and I felt you could lose control in a hurry. Here, more than anywhere in the world, you need plans in the field to keep on top of the situation.

Because, if the batsmen get on top, the crowd go bananas, you've got 40 degree heat and before you know it you're batting last on a minefield.'' Hussain feels one of the great fascinations of the tour will be allrounder Andrew Flintoff's new role as captain.

''Right now, Freddie is exactly what England need: a character who can lift the team. Yes, it will put a lot of pressure on him with all the other things he does, but it will also be good for him to realise what captains go through and to see things from the other side of the fence. The other point is that Steve Harmison is a crucial figure on this tour and he will try extra hard for his best mate.''

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