Vishal Mehra ∙ Feb 20 2023, 12:00 PM

The Ashes is going to be mouthwatering: Nasser Hussain

image-leckelczEngland won the first Test vs New Zealand [Twitter]

England continued their winning march in New Zealand, thumping the home side by 267 runs in the first Test. The Pink Ball Test once again witnessed England batters display aggressive and fearless cricket, which people have coined as 'BazBall' after former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum took over as red-ball head coach.

Under McCullum and skipper Ben Stokes, England's Test fortunes have been turned on their heads, winning 10 matches from 11 outings. Former skipper Nasser Hussain has hailed the coach-captain duo for bringing new life into red-ball cricket after a dismissal losing-streak in the 2021-22 season.

Writing in his column for The DailyMail, Hussain said that McCullum is lucky to have a captain like Stokes, who is more positive than him.

Hussain also feels that the upcoming The Ashes 2023 will be a mouthwatering series, with BazBall going up against high-class bowling. 

Here's what Hussain wrote

"The Ashes is going to be mouthwatering and I think it will be close. People are talking about whether Bazball will work against their high-quality bowling attack. I think the Ashes will be won and lost on Australia’s batting line-up. They have been below par away from home but if they can score runs in England, it will be pretty tight."

However, the Chennai-born maintained that England's real Test will be against India in India. 

Stokes-led XI will meet New Zealand in the second and final Test on February 24.