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  Sunday, 24 November, 2002, 06:54 GMT
England must learn from Australia
Hussain shown sprawling on the big screen
Hussain says Australia are a higher class
Skipper Nasser Hussain admitted his side were beaten by the better team as they slumped to an innings defeat against Australia in the second Test at Adelaide.

Hussain said England must learn from Australia if they are to progress and improve.

"We just have to look at them, there's no disgrace in being beaten by the best side in the world. I have no shame in saying we can learn from this Australian side.

"It's not a mental thing, it's a technical positive thing and that's where we're being outplayed at the moment in how you play the game of cricket, it's a technical ability thing.

"It comes down to technique and ability of putting the ball in the right areas and when it's not put in the right areas you hit it for four, it's as simple as that which everyone else makes complicated.


I anticipate them turning up wanting to beat us 5-0, them being completely cut-throat
Nasser Hussain

"I'm not asking each of our bowlers to be Glenn McGrath or our batsmen to be Ricky Ponting, I'm just asking them to improve their disciplines.

"We have got to try and win the small battle and not concentrate on the big battle.

England looked well set after reaching 293 for three at one point in their first innings but collapsed on day two to 342 all out.

"We had our chances on the first day. We put ourselves in a good position and then tossed it away to be honest," Hussain said.

"Possibly the things we did wrong were myself getting out (for 47) which was a key moment and Michael Vaughan getting out on the last ball of the day. We could have ended up 300 for two.

"I think where we lost the game was to lose seven for 47 in the first innings on a flat wicket."

The third Ashes Test begins in Perth on Friday and Hussain believes that the touring party are not dispirited, but admitted they still have their work cut out.

"We know we are letting ourselves down, but we have some star players in our side, like Michael Vaughan making 220 in two innings and Richard Dawson's bowling.

"Those things lift us and hopefully there will be a few more of those moments in Perth.

"I anticipate them turning up wanting to beat us 5-0, them being completely cut-throat, they'll show no mercy at all. Unless we improve we'll get beaten."

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