Former batter Nasser Hussain has questioned England cricket’s progress over the last year or so. The Brits have had a torrid time of late, especially in Test cricket. Joe Root, their skipper, holds the dubious record of the highest number of defeats by an English captain in the purest format.
During the 2021-22 Ashes, Root surpassed Alastair Cook’s tally. The Three Lions had a horrible time in the five-match Test series after they lost 0-4. The Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne ended in a tad over two days after Root’s men faced an innings defeat.
The visitors would also have lost the New Year’s Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground if Australia picked up their last wicket on Day five. The England team has also strained to find a reliable opening pair for the purest format.
Hussain, one of England’s greatest captains, was clear-cut in saying that barring Root and bowling all-rounder Ollie Robinson, none of the cricketers grew as players.
Nasser Hussain shares his opinions
“Let’s be honest, name some cricketers in this England side in the last year that have progressed as players? Not many. Maybe Joe Root, Ollie Robinson has done ok,” Hussain was quoted as saying on Sky Cricket.
Although England had a torrid time in 2021, Root had a decent year with the bat in hand. In 15 matches, Root scored 1708 runs at an average of 61 with six centuries and four half-centuries. In fact, he was the leading run-scorer in Test cricket last year.
The root is also the leading run-scorer in the 2021-23 edition of the World Test Championship (WTC). Having played nine Tests, the veteran has racked up 886 runs at an average of 55.37 with three tons and four half-centuries.
Root, however, has come under the pump of late for not being able to lead England with precision. Robinson, on the other hand, made his Test debut earlier this year against New Zealand and has done reasonably well.
He got tangled in a controversy due to his historic tweets but has found his way into the national squad. He performed reasonably in the Ashes and has also contributed useful knocks with the bat in the lower order.
Root’s next assignment in the purest format is in March when England will lock horns with the West Indies in a three-match Test series.