Nasser Hussain slams England Cricket Board's Selection Policy says they are promoting 'Short Termism'

Former England skipper Nasser Hussain has slammed England Cricket Board's selection for the upcoming tour to New Zealand
Nasser Hussain slams England Cricket Board's Selection Policy says they are promoting 'Short Termism'
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Former England captain Nasser Hussain said England were right in dropping Jonny Bairstow from the Test squad for the tour of New Zealand, but felt that Ben Foakes would have been a better replacement wicketkeeper and not Jos Buttler.

In the recently concluded Ashes series, Jonny Bairstow made 214 runs from 10 innings while Buttler made 247 runs.

Writing for the Daily Mail, Hussain wrote, "One confusing element to the squad, though, is that I can't say that Jos Buttler is a better keeper than Jonny Bairstow. I don't believe he is. Buttler might not even be Lancashire's second-choice keeper if he were to play county cricket. Sure, maybe leave Bairstow out for a better keeper like Ben Foakes. But this switch?"

"Bairstow averaged 23.77 as a wicketkeeper-batsman in the recently concluded Ashes series, Buttler 24.7 as a batsman. Buttler would no doubt argue that he got stuck with the tail a few times but that goes with the territory of batting at number seven. It doesn't add up."

Hussain also slammed the idea of choosing Craig Overton over Chris Woakes for the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford.

"I have always said that, with any selection you make, you should be looking at what might happen one step down the line. Take Craig Overton,  for the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford. They picked him and left Chris Woakes out, even though Woakes' bowling statistics in English conditions are magnificent. Then they picked a tour squad (for New Zealand) for which they left out Overton, and went for Woakes, whose stats away from home are abysmal. They have either got the initial Overton selection wrong, Woakes' winter pick wrong, or arguably both."

Hussain believed England's selectors, led by Ed Smith were promoting 'short termism' and not making long term calls.

"What I don't like is making one-off selections for Tests, something I have felt this particular England selection panel do. In any selection you make, think of the repercussions."

"Ed Smith clearly takes a different view. He tries to analyze selection in every single game but that can over-complicate things and promote short-termism. It is then hard to make longer-term judgments on where the side is."

"They've probably seen this as an opportunity 'to have a look at people'. It's not saying I have ever liked. Once you get selected for England it's because people believe you are an international player, based on what you have shown in county cricket."

On Bairstow, Nasser Hussain felt that he needs to work on his technique in his off-time.

"When you sulk, people tend to make note and it can be held against you when you do not produce the performance levels required. Basically, they have chosen this opportunity to kick him up the backside."

"To be honest, I admired the fact he dug his heels in last winter. He'd worked hard on his wicket keeping and he was angry when he was selected as a specialist batsman. But if you go down that road, it is imperative when you get the gloves back that you put in some performances. For such a high-quality player, he gets bowled out a lot. He's stubborn, believing nothing is wrong makes him the cricketer he is, but he needs to address some technical issues. He has always been a real fighter, someone who lives to prove people wrong. He must take his chance to do exactly that."

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