Nasser Hussain explains what new England selector Ed Smith must focus on first

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In the aftermath of former England batsman Ed Smith's appointment to the England selection committee, Nasser Hussain has outlined where they should begin searching to avoid similar disappointments to that of this winter.

Having endured a depressing few months, where they were comprehensively beaten by Australia in the Ashes, before another Test series defeat in New Zealand, the new selection team must focus on identifying new potential bowling options, according to Hussain.

As a result of the dismal performances overseas, many questions have been asked about England's lack of depth in the bowling department options.

And Hussain believes Joe Root's side will continue to struggle away from home until they find a tall fast-paced bowler and also a spinner.

"If I were Ed Smith, England’s new national selector, the first thing I would do is knock on Andrew Strauss’s door and hand over my wishlist," Hussain wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.

"He needs to tell Strauss, director of England cricket, that the next time they travel to Australia they need a tall, fast bowler.

"And the next time they travel to India, they need a spinner who can turn it both ways.

"Find me those players, he should say, and I'll get on with the job of beating Pakistan and India at home this summer."

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Spin bowling remains a key area for improvement that will concern coach Trevor Bayliss. The experiment to convert Moeen Ali into a spinner may have worked at home but the batsman has struggled to have anywhere near quite the same impact overseas over the last few years.

Hussain is in no doubt that the newly appointed Smith has a difficult job on his hands but must be prepared to 'bang some heads together' in order to turn England's fortunes around.

He added: "It's not good enough for the national selector to shrug his shoulders and say: 'This is what I've been provided with.' Smith should go to the national academy at Loughborough and bang some heads together.

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"He needs to find out why Moeen Ali has been the spin-bowling option on away tours, and why seamers aren't quick enough.

"Tough questions need to be asked if the Test side are going to turn round their dismal form abroad."

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