Nasser Hussain on what hurt England again during T20 World Cup semi-final loss
Nasser Hussain has explained what went wrong for England during their T20 World Cup semi-final.
The 2016 finalists were defeated by New Zealand, who progressed to their first final at this event.
The Blackcaps gained some semblance of redemption after losing by one run in the dramatic 50-over World Cup final two years ago.
Former England captain Hussain bemoaned the side’s poor death bowling as New Zealand scored over 60 runs in the remaining five overs.
"Just as England's death bowling cost them in the final of the last Twenty20 World Cup when Ben Stokes went for four sixes, so it did again here on Wednesday night,” the commentator wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“It is the one aspect of their game this England team have not consistently got right.
“All tournament England have been bowling back of a length and trying to hit the splice of the bat and they stuck to that here.
“But in that decisive over Jordan either bowled wide or in the slot and Jimmy Neesham changed the course of the game.”
Jordan went for 23 runs in the 17th over as Neesham struck two sixes and a four to add some much needed impetus to New Zealand’s innings.
Hussain stressed how much the side missed Tymal Mills, who sustained an injury midway through the campaign.
“There is an old truism in cricket that you become a better player when you are not in the side but how Tymal Mills was missed in those closing overs,” he added.
“Equally, it is easy to say with hindsight that David Willey should have played once Jason Roy had been ruled out of the semi-final to give England another bowling option and a left-arm angle in the absence of Mills.”
After England posted 166-4 with a top score of 51 not out by Moeen Ali, they started the second innings in empathic fashion, as Chris Woakes removed Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson within the opening four overs.
But Daryll Mitchel and Devon Conway steadied the shi, as they combined for an 82-run partnership, before Neesham’s explosive 27 off just 11 balls put them in a commanding position.
Mitchell, who has had a phenomenal tournament, hit two towering sixes at the back end to leave his side needing less than a run a ball.
He scored a boundary to finish the game with an over to spare and ended with 72 not out.
New Zealand will now face either Pakistan or Australia in Sunday's final.
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