Nasser Hussain, Michael Atherton Believe Playing Against Old Ball Is Advantage England

London: Former England captains Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton believe that the team led by Ben Stokes has little advantage over New Zealand before the fourth day of the first Test because the hosts start the day against the old ball. England are 216/5 and the new ball at Lord’s is only 61 runs on the fourth day to win the match by 15 overs.Also Read – LIVE ENG vs NZ 1st Test, Day 4 Scorecard: Joe Root, Ben Folks Key to England with 5 Wickets

“It goes one way and then it goes the other way. The last two days are the same. Once the ball is soft, the middle order and the lower order stay. It’s a new ball pitch. Both teams are struggling with the new ball. “I’m here tomorrow. I’m the best Test batsman in the world at the moment. I dig in,” Hussain told Sky Sports. See also: Ben Stokes involved in the repeat of the 2019 Overthrow event in the 1st Test against New Zealand

With Joe Root unbeaten on 77 and wicketkeeper Ben Fox (nine not out) with an unbroken 57, England can be optimistic about the possibility of chasing 277 as the second new ball is taken after 15 overs. As the ball gets older and softer in the Lord’s Test, it makes life easier for the lower order batters to fit in and run. Also Read – ENG vs NZ 1st Test Highlights, Day 3 Scorecard: England need 61 runs with 5 wickets at stump

“I have tired bowlers, I have an old ball, he has changed it and he is not doing it,” Root said. Until his last throw, he got a bouncer and he still pulled it. I thought Root was too game-conscious. Hussain added that “I am in England’s camp because of the old ball, but New Zealand have shown us that they will fight hard until the last run. But I will be in the England camp.”

Atherton also acknowledged Hussein’s view that England had a greater advantage over New Zealand than the old ball. “We didn’t see a half-century until Tom Blundell scored a score yesterday and Daryl Mitchell followed it. Gradually, the conditions seemed to ease a bit because we had another one from Ben Stokes and Joe Root but it was still a nip and tuck game because of that England tail.

“After Matt Potts (Stuart) Brad, (James) Anderson, (Matt) Parkinson. So when I think England are moaning, New Zealand will soon find out that if they take a wicket tomorrow they will still be in the game. There is a significant path and it will benefit England.

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