Hussain "can’t think of a lower point for English cricket’s Test batting"

Nasser Hussain has delivered a scathing verdict on England 's batting line-up following their 275-run defeat to Australia in the second Ashes Test.

England are 2-0 down in the series and have suffered batting collapses in three of their four innings.

Nobody has managed to score a hundred yet and Dawid Malan and Joe Root are the only two players averaging more than 30.

In fact, bowler Chris Woakes is the only player to have reached double figures in every innings so far.

And Hussain, who captained England between 1999 and 2003, believes England's batting has never been at a lower ebb.

He told the Daily Mail : "The batting is so vulnerable. It is in a bad place. I don't know about four years ago, but I can't think of a lower point for English cricket's Test batting. That's the issue.

"You cannot win in Brisbane with 147 in your first innings or in Adelaide with 236.

"This was a pretty flat pitch and you saw yesterday how much Australian toil was needed to get the last six wickets.

"Jos Buttler's character was phenomenal, but the discrepancy in Test average between Joe Root and the rest tells you everything you need to know about England's batting."

Speaking after England's defeat in Adelaide, Root said he was "convinced" that their batting line-up has what it takes to win Test matches in Australia.

He said: "With the bat, we have got the ability. I don’t think that Australia are that much better in these conditions as the scoreline suggests.

"I’m convinced we’ve got what we need to win Test matches over here but we’re not going to if we keep missing chances and don’t give ourselves an opportunity to get into the Test match with the bat.

"We’ve got to find ways of building those partnerships, getting in, making big contributions. That’s something we’ll have to do very well at Melbourne.

"I was absolutely gutted to get out last night. I should have been able to turn up today, put the pads on and lead by example, so I’m bitterly disappointed in myself."

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