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Nasser: England were diabolical

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England’s batting was ‘diabolical' as they collapsed to an innings defeat on the final day in Chennai, says Nasser Hussain. 

Having seen India wrack up 759-7 declared on day four, Alastair Cook's side were left with the task of batting out day five to salvage a draw from the fifth Test.

However, after a stand of 103 between Cook and Keaton Jennings at the top of the order, England contrived to lose all 10 of their second-innings wickets in less than two sessions as they slumped to a 4-0 series defeat.

"It is familiar but there is no excuse on that pitch," Hussain told Sky Sports. "[They lost] 6-16 on a pitch that, yesterday, India scored 759 and one lad [Karun Nair] got over 300.

"There are no demons in that surface. [Ravichandran] Ashwin only got one wicket on that surface. Maybe in Mumbai on the red soil to lose 6-16 is bad, but that was diabolical."

Given the nature of the capitulation, Hussain questioned the approach of the England batsmen with a number of loose shots costing England in the evening session.

"The shot selection there - some of the shots were poor, they were neither one thing nor the other," he added.

"Jos Buttler, our most attacking, dynamic player - who shouldn't have the best technique to keep them out - in both the last two games, he's been the not out batsman. You can survive.

"This group policy of 'we must be really attacking' - just play your way, to survive and bat a session without losing six, seven, eight wickets. That is just not good enough from England on that surface."

While the tourists' certainly played a part in their own downfall, the former England captain was impressed by India's performance as they turned up the pressure as the day progressed.

"India were excellent and they sorted their catching out," Hussain said. "Nair's catch for the final wicket was absolutely magnificent.

"[Ravindra] Jadeja is a supreme cricketer in these conditions, at the moment. He's the most improved cricketer, with [Ravichandran] Ashwin, that I think I've seen for a long, long time.

"[Virat] Kohli got all his plans right in the afternoon. Taking the new ball was a 50-50 call and he got that right. In the end, they won this series 4-0 having lost four tosses. It's amazing, England got 400 in the last game and lost, 477 here and lose again - simple mistakes have been made."

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