The Ashes: England's heavy loss worries Nasser Hussain

Ian Botham, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker and the scourge of Australia during his playing days, laid the blame for defeat squarely on the tourists' top order.

updated: November 24, 2013 20:52 IST
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Brisbane: Former England captain Nasser Hussain said Alastair Cook's men had been "bullied" after Australia won the first Ashes Test in Brisbane by the huge margin of 381 runs on Sunday.

England, bidding to win a fourth successive Test series against arch-rivals Australia, started well by reducing the hosts to 132 for six in their first innings before they recovered to 295 all out.

But England suffered an even more severe slump to be bowled out for just 136 in reply, with rejuvenated left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson leading the way as Cook's men suffered a spectacular collapse that saw six wickets lost for nine runs.

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