Former England captain Nasser Hussain believes England can beat Sri Lanka in the two match Test series that is beginning from January 14 at Galle. However, he also feels that beating India in India will be a difficult task.
England are set to tour India for four Tests starting from February 5 and it will be followed by five T20Is and three ODIs.
India beat England 4-0 the last time the visitors toured India and Nasser Hussain feels it will be just as difficult for them this time.
Alastair Cook’s England team had beaten India 2-1 in Tests in 2012 and one of the main reasons for that was the success of the spinners Graeme Swann who picked up 20 wickets and Monty Panesar who picked up 17 wickets.
‘I’m optimistic about England’s chances in Sri Lanka but India will be a different kettle of fish,” Hussain told MailSport.
‘There was Alastair Cook’s successful tour in 2012 and David Gower’s before that but not many England teams have won there.
‘If they are going to win in India one of the spinners will have to do what Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar did.
Nasser Hussain also believes England’s tough Ashes assignment away to Australia will be successful only if the fast bowlers are able to dominate the Australian batsmen with their extra pace.
‘And if they are going to win in Australia they will need that extra pace of Jofra Archer, Mark Wood or Olly Stone.’
Nasser Hussain believes it is high time that skipper Joe Root needs to lead by example by scoring heaps of runs and setting up his team’s victories.
‘An England captain can survive winning while not getting runs, or getting runs while not winning, but it is very hard to survive losing Tests while not making those big runs,’ Hussain added.