Check Out What Nasser Hussain Says About Gary Ballance

Former English captain was not satisfied with the team performances in the second Test against South Africa at Trent Bridge. After records a win in series opener at Lord’s, the hosts were a loss in the second and former captain Hussian was not happy with the contribution by the players “who are coming in.”

The 49-year-old former said to Sky Sports that “The lads who are coming in aren’t doing anything. They won (the first Test) at Lord’s because of Joe Root…the ones they’ve won before have been because of Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad in Johannesburg.”

Hussain added, “The selectors are going to have a good long look at themselves because their record in the last two years – two years ago it was one-day cricket, now in Test match cricket – their selections have been abysmal.”

“Name some lads who’ve come in: (James) Vince, (Ben) Duckett, (Gareth) Batty, (Zafar) Ansari…I can name a long list but no-one’s coming in and doing well. Ballance, Alex Hales.”

Gary Ballance

Talking about Ballance good run with Yorkshire in the domestic circuit, Hussain said: “Selection is not just about saying ‘Gray Ballance has 1,000 first-class runs so Gary Ballance plays.”

“Speak to umpires, speak to bowlers, has he actually changed? He hasn’t changed a thing and we’re getting exactly what we got the last two times. He’ll go back to country cricket and score runs again but that doesn’t mean he’s an international cricketer.”

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Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott said to BCC Radio’s Test Match Special about unimpressed with the team performance. “They need better batsman and a better attitude. Only Alastair Cook made any effort to play in the sort of the way that the situation demanded.”

Gary Ballance

“The rest of them have a flamboyant way of playing. Play shots, whack it, hit it, get fours. Everybody keeps saying this brave new England side, attacking England side, we like to play positive and they have all got sucked into this feeling.”

“They believe it now. If you believe that, then what you are going, to get are wonderful successes, like at Lord’s (where England won the first Test by 211 runs), and these horrible losses. There is no middle ground.”

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