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Nasser Hussain
Cricket Expert & Columnist

NatWest Series: England attack one-paced at Ageas Bowl, says Nass

Nasser - Sloppy England

England's attack looked toothless as New Zealand romped to an unassailable 2-0 lead in the NatWest Series, said Nasser Hussain.

The tourists cruised to an 86-run win in the second one-day international at the Ageas Bowl as Martin Guptill followed up his unbeaten ton in Friday's victory at Lord's with a national record 189no.

England - without injured duo Stuart Broad and Steven Finn - claimed only three wickets as New Zealand racked up an imposing 359 off their 50 overs. The chase reached 273 off 44.1 overs despite Jonathan Trott's 109no off 104 balls.

Former England captain Hussain said that the turnaround in New Zealand's form since they were squashed 2-0 in last month's two-Test series - losing the matches by 170 runs at Lord's and 247 runs at Headingley respectively - was quite incredible.

"It's a phenomenal comeback after the Test series," said Hussain

"We've had a few emails asking 'how come New Zealand can be so good in the one-dayers and so poor in the Test matches?'

"The answer is 'because there's been no movement or swing at all with these two Kookaburra balls - and there was no spin at the Ageas Bowl for Graeme Swann, either.

"New Zealand's batsmen are fantastic players when it's like that. Guptill will hit through the line on a really good pitch, Ross Taylor can hit you anywhere when he gets in and Brendon McCullum - when he's given the licence to play a little cameo - he can whack it out of the ground.

"When it's like this New Zealand are a very, very dangerous side and England - when they don't have their big guns in the bowling department - look a little bit one-paced and toothless as far as wicket-taking goes."


Surrey seamer Jade Dernbach was the most expensive of England's bowlers, conceding 87 runs off his 10 overs without taking a wicket, as Guptill, Kane Williamson (55), Taylor (60) and Brendon McCullum (40no off 19 balls) cut loose.

"Dernbach has had an absolutely shocking few months and it is time to move on."

Nasser Hussain

Dernbach's display - coming after he took 1-55 off 10 overs at Lord's - confirmed his position as the most expensive bowler in ODI cricket to have bowled a minimum of 1,000 deliveries.

In 24 matches, the 27-year-old has taken 31 wickets but conceded 6.36 runs an over, making him more expensive than Zimbabwe's Kyle Jarvis (6.18) and India's Sreesanth (6.07).

Although Dernbach has been selected in England's Champions Trophy party, Hussain says it's time for the selectors to look elsewhere.

"People are starting to work out his variations," he reflected. "He doesn't have a stock delivery - one that he can go to under pressure.

"When you are only allowed a certain number of people out in the fielding restrictions, it makes it very difficult for the captain to set a field.

"At least if you are bowling in one or two areas you can set a field but when Dernbach is bowling five different balls in an over, it's hard to work out how you stop the runs.

"Dernbach has had an absolutely shocking few months and it is time to move on; he has been given an opportunity and it is time to move on and hope that he goes away, improves his game, learns from the experience he's had and comes back with a stock delivery."


England suffer series defeat

Hussain came to the defence of England's century-maker Trott, however, whose career strike-rate of 76 has been criticised by some as too low for the modern game.

The Warwickshire batsman, who dropped Guptill when he had just 13, managed to reach his century in fewer deliveries than the Black Caps opener and Hussain said he doesn't deserve to take so much flak.

"Did Trott do his job? Yes, he did," added Hussain.

"There has been a lot of chat about Trott in the last couple of weeks and the only thing that he has done wrong was on that third evening at Leeds when he batted slowly.

"He's had a pretty decent week. Everyone seems to want to have a little dig at Trott but I thought he had a good day."

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