Former England captain Nasser Hussain has said that England’s greatest challenge will be away in India. England beat New Zealand at the Bay Oval by 267 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series.
“Given Australia have not won here since 2001, England’s greatest challenge will be away in India. The Ashes is going to be mouthwatering, and I think it will be close,” said Hussain.
“People are talking about whether Bazball will work against their high-quality bowling attack. I think the Ashes will be won and lost on Australia’s batting line-up. They have been below par away from home, but if they can score runs in England, it will be pretty tight,” Hussain added.
He went on to shower praise on England coach Brendon McCullum, saying he was the right for the team at the right time.
“McCullum was the right fit at the right time. Before he came in, England were being micromanaged to the Nth degree, whether it be because of the Covid bubbles or their rotation policy. They needed someone like McCullum to set them free. With Stokes as his captain, they have two people who are completely aligned,” said Hussain.