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Nasser Hussain and Mike Atherton reflect on England’s exit from the T20 World Cup, their death bowling is not “quite right” and who leaves the tournament with their heads held high

Nasser Hussain and Mike Atherton reflect on England’s exit from the T20 World Cup, their death bowling is not “quite right” and who leaves the tournament with their heads held high

England are not “right enough” about their bowling match with Tymal Mills who missed the T20 World Cup semifinal defeat to New Zealand badly, says Nasser Hussain.

Having worked in a strong position defending 166-4, a late assault, led by Jimmy Neesham and Daryl Mitchell, saw the Black Caps secure a five-wicket win with a spare over.

The match took place on the 17th point by 23 points from striker Chris Jordan which included two wide with pocket sixes and a Neesham four with England unable to regain control in the next two overs.

Jordan has earned a reputation as a deadly bowling specialist over the years, but with Jofra Archer long-term absent and Mills suffering a thigh injury during the Super 12, England found themselves running out of alternatives in the end. of innings.

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England manager Chris Silverwood claims he pitched everything they had in New Zealand but Jimmy Neesham’s innings ensured it wasn’t their day

England manager Chris Silverwood claims he pitched everything they had in New Zealand but Jimmy Neesham’s innings ensured it wasn’t their day

“That’s the amazing thing with T20 cricket,” Hussain told Sky Sports. “We saw it five years ago in Calcutta [in the T20 World Cup final vs West Indies], 19 good overs and then four in-the-slot deliveries and England loses.

“Same here after (Liam) Livingstone 16th at bottom, needed one to follow this end and, under pressure, Chris Jordan didn’t make it. It was in the crack or wide and when you’re throwing at someone like Neesham or Mitchell, they’ll put you away.

“I think you have to give them credit because this is reasonably big ground, and it’s been a bit of a two-paced. That’s when you change. For the whole tournament they stayed with that back of a length, they didn’t quite go short enough. I thought they were somewhere in between, and they didn’t change their plan.

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“If, suddenly, because it’s falling apart you change your plan, I don’t know, but it’s an area, again, that England can’t do well. Despite all of Chris Jordan’s skills, in the last year I wouldn’t say he has his absolutely perfect bowling death.

“Tymal Mills was a big, big loss. I know you’re always a better player off the pitch, but Tymal Mills in the end there with the short balls and slower balls would have been harder to hit. But there wasn’t, and England did not understand well at death “.

Kevin Pietersen added that Mills was “irreplaceable” in England XI because opposing batters would not clash with him as regularly as the other bowlers on the team.

Kevin Pietersen says the loss of Tymal Mills to injury at the start of the tournament was huge for England as they needed his skills and semi-final variations

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Kevin Pietersen says the loss of Tymal Mills to injury at the start of the tournament was huge for England as they needed his skills and semi-final variations

Kevin Pietersen says the loss of Tymal Mills to injury at the start of the tournament was huge for England as they needed his skills and semi-final variations

“Pick a team to win a World Cup,” said the former England star. “Which means that with a certain number of your players, you have to bet, if they get injured, you have a similar substitute.

“I will continue to insist on this, the batters earn you sponsorships, the bowlers win you the championships. It is something that has been said on numerous occasions because bowlers make hard yards.

“A guy like Mills isn’t on the circuit, he doesn’t play the IPL – he played a season and had a shock and hasn’t played since.

“He doesn’t play international cricket, he hasn’t played test cricket, so the batters don’t sit there thinking ‘OK, Mills, I know what he does, I know how he shapes the ball, I know the lines, I know the lengths I know how he delivers that ball anymore slow ‘.

“So, he’s irreplaceable on that team. That’s where I think they unlocked with how irreplaceable a guy is on their team.”

Livingstone “is worth as much gold as it weighs”

Although it was a tough end to the tournament for Jordan, Liam Livingstone further enhanced his reputation with an impressive all-round performance, hitting a rapid-fire 17 with the bat before hitting the 2-22 with the ball for put England in a strong position.

“[It is] not only with the bat, but also with the ball, “said Hussain.” We saw Liam Livingstone throw in the warm-ups and play in the nets and were amazed actually, he lands them really well!

Liam Livingstone captured two key wickets in an impressive all-round performance for England

Liam Livingstone captured two key wickets in an impressive all-round performance for England

“When I first thought of Liam Livingstone, I thought of a strong hitter who throws some spin, throws some of this and that. But actually when you watch him warm up and throw, he lands them on. a sixpence – off-spin, leg-spin, off-spin, leg-spin, which is not the easiest thing to do.

“Nowadays with matchups, Moeen Ali due to right-handers and Mitchell Santner only beat one today because of left-handers.

“All this mentality now of skippers going with the analyst and going with their pairings, if you can have a Liam Livingstone and you have a left-right combo then it’s worth its weight in gold.”

Hussain was also keen to point out that, despite the defeat in Abu Dhabi, England remain one of the best white ball teams in the world.

“Let’s not allow anyone to get in the way: England have been a really good team in this tournament. But that’s the problem with the T20 and T20 events of the world, you can go from being a really good team and one later. , you’re on your way home. “

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