14 Jul 2009

Hussain attacks England's time wasting tactics

3:28 pm on 14 July 2009

The former England cricket captain Nasser Hussain's attacked the team's time-wasting tactics during the first Ashes Test against Australia as "amateur and embarrassing to watch".

Hussain says while he supports subtle attempts at time wasting in order to win, the blatant tactics used by Andrew Strauss's team bordered on the ridiculous and were bad for the sport.

In his Dail Mail newspaper column Hussain likened the move to a footballer diving to win a penalty.

Australia captain Ricky Ponting slammed England for a lack of sportsmanship after the controversial conclusion in Cardiff to the dramatic drawn first Test.

Ashes-holders Australia were poised to go 1-0 up in the five-Test series before England's last-wicket duo of James Anderson and Monty Panesar held out for the final 40 minutes to salvage an unlikely draw.

But twice during the 10th wicket pair's 69-ball stand, England's 12th man ran onto the field to offer Anderson batting gloves while a physio was eventually ordered off by the umpires after making it to the middle on the second occasion.

The second Test starts at Lord's on Thursday.