Former captain Nasser Hussain, while reviewing England’s defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the first semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, said that captain Eoin Morgan’s team is struggling continuously in the death overs. New Zealand had to score 57 runs in the last four overs to win the match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, but the Kiwi team won an over before. Fast bowler Chris Jordan spent 23 runs in the 17th over, which was a big reason for England’s defeat. Batting first, England scored 166 runs in four overs, which New Zealand achieved thanks to Daryl Mitchell’s match-winning innings of 72 not out.
Nasser Hussain, writing in his column for the Daily Mail, said that England’s semi-final against New Zealand ended in exactly the same way as the final of the 2016 T20 World Cup. He further wrote, ‘The way England had to pay the price of death bowling in their T20 World Cup final, when Ben Stokes was hit for four consecutive sixes in the over, the same thing happened on Wednesday. It is one aspect of their game that this England team is not consistently correcting in the death overs. In this semi-final everything was going well for England till the 17th over but will Chris Jordan admit that he did wrong.
Hussain believes that Chris Jordan proved to be mediocre. He said that David Willey could have diversified England’s fast bowling attack after Tymal Mills was injured. The former captain said, ‘There is an old belief in cricket that you become a better player when you are not in the squad. David Willey should have been fed once after Jason Roy was out so that England could get another bowling option.