Cricket Expert & Columnist
World Twenty20: Sri Lanka are a 'gun' side but England have got a decent chance
Playing under lights on a pitch going through should help Broad's boys...
Last Updated: 27/03/14 12:59pm
England are without any points after Saturday's nine-run defeat to New Zealand on the Duckworth-Lewis method and Sky Bet make Sri Lanka 8/15 favourites to inflict another defeat on Stuart Broad's side after their five-run victory over South Africa and demolition of the Netherlands.
But former skipper Hussain told Sky Sports that England, who posted a total of 172-6 against the Black Caps, shouldn't be underestimated even though their well-documented frailties against slow bowling could be exposed by spinners Ajantha Mendis and Sachithra Senanayake - not to mention the death bowling of paceman Lasith Malinga.
"If this game was in Dhaka, if it was a day game, I'd be really concerned about England," said Hussain.
"They are a very orthodox side with very orthodox bowling and batsmen who don't particularly play mystery spin or mystery bowling that well because they don't see much of it.
"But it's here in Chittagong and we've seen the pitches that Andy Atkinson has produced; they've been going through, especially under lights.
"They water it every night and we have a storm pretty much every night and I think they'll carry on going through, so I think England have got a decent chance - especially if they win the toss, have a bowl first and nip a few out. Then Sri Lanka will bowl with a wet, dewy ball and with all of these variations and mysteries, it's quite hard to hold.
"But make no mistake - Sri Lanka are a 'gun' side. They've been out here for nearly two months. They've won the Asia Cup out here; they are looking a brilliant side at the moment - look what they did to the Netherlands.
"But England - if they play well - have got a chance. As South Africa showed when they were out of it against New Zealand - you can never write anyone off in this tournament."
South Africa bounced back from their defeat to Sri Lanka by coming out on top in another thrilling contest as paceman Dale Steyn prevented New Zealand from scoring seven runs off the final over of the match.
Hussain said that Steyn's euphoric reaction to his country's victory underlines just how much the world's elite players have bought into the concept of Twenty20 cricket.
"I always enjoy this tournament - it's pretty sharp and to the point," he reflected. "The game between South Africa and New Zealand was absolutely stunning; that could have gone either way.
"At the end the emotions were incredible. Dale Steyn has been around for ever. For someone like him to get so emotive about a game of cricket - to be charging around like that - shows what it meant to him. They delivered yesterday to defy the old South African 'chokers' tag."
Watch England take on Sri Lanka in Group 1 from 1pm on Sky Sports 2 on Thursday. Before then South Africa take on Netherlands from 9am on the same day and channel.