Ashes: Nasser Hussain worried by England's Gabba capitulation

Last Updated: 25/11/13 9:00am

Nasser Hussain: England shambolic in Brisbane

Nasser Hussain is not pulling many punches in his criticism of England's performance in the first Ashes Test defeat by Australia in Brisbane, but feels the home side deserve plenty of credit as well.

The former England captain watched in disbelief as Alastair Cook's side threw away a positive position after the first day at the Gabba and capitulated by 381 runs.

But he admits the final result has plenty to do with the way Australia responded to their early troubles, especially among their bowlers as Mitchell Johnson and company ran through the England line-up twice.

"It's very worrying. They were bullied. It wasn't as though Australia started well and they continued - England were bossing the game. On day one they were in control, all the memories of the summer were still there, they were playing well and since then it's just been an absolute shambles."

Nasser Hussain

Hussain told Sky Sports: "It's very worrying. They were bullied. It wasn't as though Australia started well and they continued - England were bossing the game.

"On day one they were in control, all the memories of the summer were still there, they were playing well and since then it's just been an absolute shambles.

"A lot of it has to do with the opposition. Mitchell Johnson is unrecognisable from the bowler we have seen in previous Ashes battles, the confidence and the togetherness are unrecognisable from the team we saw in England, thanks to (coach) Darren Lehmann.

"The tactics of the skipper were very good on the field, they looked like they were playing as a unit. Warner played (Graeme) Swann brilliantly. There are a lot of ticks in that Australia side and not so many in the England side."

See if England can hit straight back in the series when the second Ashes Test begins on December 4 in Adelaide. Coverage begins on Sky Sports 2 at 11pm.