England won the first Test against New Zealand, playing out the last session on Day 5 at Lord's.


Speaking on Day 5 of the 1st Test, Nasser Hussain said that only one team played for a win.

On Day 5, England failed to reach their 273-run target in the final two sessions.

They chose to be defensive and managed to come away with a draw in the 1st Test against New Zealand.

Hussain, who had previously led England, said only New Zealand was interested in winning the fifth and final day’s match as England became indifferent while chasing 273 runs with two sessions to go.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain stated that the home team should have aimed for a win on the final day of the first Test, as opposed to merely playing lethargic cricket in the final innings. After New Zealand declared their innings at 169/6, England needed 273 runs to win the game in the final two sessions. Many thanks to Dominic Sibley and the Root brothers, who allowed England to obtain a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Sunday. The slowest fifty by an England opener occurred in 2015 when Sibley scored 60 runs off 207 balls.

It seemed that the only side eager to win the match was New Zealand, so Kane Williamson stayed on, even at the end, according to Sky Sports.

Had he finished the 15 overs when he had the opportunity to do so, he could have shaken hands with the opposition, but instead, he played the positive cricket.

Put it into context, and remember that England didn’t go for it. “There’s no Jos Buttler, and Ben Stokes isn’t with them anymore, and they’ve lost their last three Test matches,” he added.

Hussain stated that England lacked the “intent” to go for a win, and he blamed the team’s recent exhaustion in matches that had played out in such a way that the Root-led side had run out of gas.

This England team often finds itself trailing opponents by 20 runs, so it is necessary to view the bigger picture in order to fully comprehend where the current team is and where it is aiming to go,” Hussain said, according to Sky Sports.

But, at least, you should try to give it your all and show some intent; if you succeed in blocking, you can then say, “No, we’re not going any further”

Some people criticized them for playing a more aggressive style of cricket, and now they have taken the opposite approach — to play a more defensive style of cricket.

He also added: “During the 70 overs of the game, you can play the other way and then if you get into a bit of trouble, you can turn around and bring it back.”

Next, the two countries will compete in the second Test match on Thursday.

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