Hussain demands England counterattack

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Former captain Nasser Hussain has suggested England are suffering from the side-effects of a heavy Test series defeat at the hands of the Australians earlier this year.

Former captain Nasser Hussain has suggested England are suffering from the side-effects of a heavy Test series defeat at the hands of the Australians earlier this year.

Whitewashed five-nil by the Aussies, the English have since endured an historic loss to Sri Lanka – and are on the brink of more failure against the Indians in the ongoing second Test at Lord's in London.

"There is no doubt there is still mental baggage from last winter in Australia for those senior players. This side, the senior guys, were used to winning and being national heroes," Hussain wrote in the <i>Daily Mail</i>.

"Losing wears you down. You have only to look at who is doing well in this side and it is the young players who have come in, such as Gary Ballance and Joe Root. But there is no let-up in Test cricket."

The Indians, meanwhile, have benefited from a pugnacious performance from all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja at Lord's. The talented all-rounder struck a quickfire half-century before snaring the key wicket of Sam Robson, reducing the hosts to 105 for four – in pursuit of a tough 319-run target – on Sunday.

"They can't go back to county cricket and score runs like players used to be able to. These players must fix this themselves. Someone has to play that Jadeja role if England are going to have any chance whatsoever. Whether it's Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes, Matt Prior, whoever. Someone has to take the attack to India. Otherwise there is only one outcome, I'm afraid," added Hussain.

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