December 6, 2001

No complaints, the better side won - Hussain


Nasser Hussain believes England's first-innings collapse was a primary cause of their 10-wicket defeat by India in the first Test. England slumped from the promising position of 172 for 2 on the first day to 238 all out.

"To be bowled out for 230 or 240 (in the first innings) was where we lost the game, that combined with a couple of dropped catches," Hussain said.

"We should have been level on first innings, but all credit to India, they bowled well and all their batsmen look in good nick. We can have no complaints, the better side won and played the better cricket on a very good pitch, one of the best I've ever played on."

"Richard Dawson on debut bowled beautifully and I was generally very pleased with the way we went about our bowling in the first innings. But we've got some work to do with the batting - hopefully that will come in time. We need to use our heads more when we bat."

Meanwhile India's victorious captain Saurav Ganguly was full of praise for his spinners, "The Turbanator" Harbhajan Singh, and man-of-the-match Anil Kumble.

"They both bowled superbly and worked best when they bowled together. It's a good win on a fantastic wicket. Anil is a world class operator. He's won so many games for India in the past and I can see him winning more," Ganguly said.

Kumble, who has now taken 289 Test wickets, said: "There are a lot of people I have to thank. It was tough to be sitting out for almost a year so it's great to be back."