Lehmann influence the key - Hussain

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Former England captain Nasser Hussain felt the team were “bullied” into submission by Australia as they suffered a crushing 381-run defeat in the opening Ashes Test in Brisbane.

The tourists appeared to be in a strong position when Australia were limited to 132 for six in their first innings, but the hosts fought back to post 295 before Mitchell Johnson ripped through England, who lost six wickets for nine runs to be all out for 136.

Australia captain Michael Clarke and controversial batsman David Warner both hit centuries in a second-innings total of 401 for seven declared and England never looked like salvaging anything from the game as they were bowled out for 179.

Hussain said: “It’s very worrying. They were bullied. It wasn’t as though Australia started well - England were bossing the game.

“On day one they were in control, all the memories of the summer were still there, they were playing well and since then it’s just been an absolute shambles.

“A lot of it has to do with the opposition. Mitchell Johnson is unrecognisable from the bowler we have seen in previous Ashes battles, the confidence and the togetherness are unrecognisable from the team we saw in England, thanks to (coach) Darren Lehmann.