Following an eight-run defeat to India in the fourth T20I in Ahmedabad, Nasser Hussain believes that the English middle-order needs a serious “looking at”. The defeat has left the series poised at 2-2 going into the decider on Saturday. Hussain believes the English trio of southpaws in the middle order might need a change.
“That middle-order needs looking at,” Hussain said post-game. “Three left-handers going in one after the other, up against a bowler [Thakur], who finds bowling off-cutters to left-handers very easy.”
“[Dawid] Malan at the top, using up deliveries, left the left-handers in the middle order with a lot to do against a good death bowler,” he added. “When the two right-handed lower-order batsmen, [Jofra] Archer and [Chris] Jordan got in, Thakur couldn’t go to his off-cutter, he had to try something different and that threw him a little bit.”
Michael Atherton said that the middle order change would require Sam Billings or Liam Livingstone to step in from the squad which could be a problem too.
“One of the problems is that you’ve got the captain [Morgan] who, clearly, will play, Stokes who is a bowler and Curran a bowler. So it’s not quite so straightforward as ‘get rid of one and bring a right-hander in’.” Atherton said. “That then goes back to the argument that Rob [Key] has been having throughout, about the role of [Jos] Buttler at the top of the order.”