Last Update on: November 11th, 2021 at 07:24 pm
Former England captain Nasser Hussain highlighted the concerns regarding England‘s death bowling after losing to New Zealand in the semi-final on Wednesday.
England’s hopes of winning their second T20 World Cup title dashed after they suffered a five-wicket loss to New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.
New Zealand knocked out England from ICC T20 World Cup 2021
Riding on Moeen Ali (51*) and Dawid Malan’s (41) 63 runs stand for the third wicket, England posted a comprehensive score of 166/4 in the first innings.
England pacer Chris Woakes got the early wickets of senior New Zealand batters Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson.
Liam Livingstone got the wickets of Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips as the required rate for the Black Caps went near 15 by the end of 16th over.
It was a daunting task for the Black Caps to chase 167 as they required 57 from the last four overs.
England did not get their death bowling “quite right: Nasser Hussain
The game turned in the 17th over as Jimmy Neesham charged up against Chris Jordan and hammered him for two sixes and a four to fetch 23 runs.
Neesham slog-swept Adil Rashid’s googly over mid-wicket for another maximum before getting caught by Morgan at extra cover.
New Zealand opener Daryl Mitchell continued from where Neesham left the game. Mitchell finished the proceeding by smashing a couple of sixes and a four in the penultimate over bowled by Chris Woakes.
Hussain pointed out the absence of Tymal Mills, who was ruled out owing to a thigh injury, in England’s death bowling.
Hussain said th reputation Jordan has for his death bowling wasn’t spotted in the semi-final match against New Zealand.
“England did not get their death bowling “quite right” with Tymal Mills sorely missed in the T20 World Cup semi-final defeat to New Zealand,” Nasser Hussain wrote in his column for Sky Sports.
“Jordan has earned a reputation as a death-bowling specialist over the years but with Jofra Archer a long-term absentee and Mills sustaining a thigh injury during the Super 12s, England found themselves short of alternatives late in the innings.
“Whether, suddenly, because it is going pear-shaped you change your plan, I do not know but it is an area, still, that England cannot quite get right. For all Chris Jordan’s skills, in the last year I wouldn’t say he has got his death bowling absolutely spot on,” the former England captain added.
The Black Caps will face wither of Australia or Pakistan in the final of the 2021 World Cup on Sunday (November 14).
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