Nasser Hussain has said that he thinks Tom Westley’s call-up to the England team for the third Test against South Africa has arrived “at the right time” for the batsman.
Westley will be going straight into the team’s batting line-up at No 3 for Thursday’s test. Also in the squad is Middlesbrough batsman Dawid Malan and Keaton Jennings and Liam Dawson have kept their places despite struggling in the first two Tests.
Speaking to Sky Sports News Hussain said, “It is great news for Westley. He is having a good season with Essex in Division One of the County Championship, averaging 53, and he got a hundred against South Africa a couple of weeks ago for the England Lions.”
He said that having three left-handers at the top of the line-up hasn’t been working for the team so instead they are trying a right-hander. However, he also said that he would prefer to see Joe Root there.
Hussain went on to praise Westley calling him a “good” player, saying that he “knows his game” and said that he should feel very comfortable playing with Alastair Cook.
Hussain also praised the inclusion of Malan, “I think Malan is a good selection. He is another who has been around a long, long time. But he is a quality player; he got 78 on his T20I debut against South Africa.”
The four Test series is currently tied at 1 – 1 and so there is everything to play for. Hussain believes that England can’t afford another bad start and need to score heavily in the first innings. But he believes that with players such as Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes then the team should be able to get off to a solid start.