Lloyd’s hilarious welcome as Hussain returns to commentary for third India Test

Nasser Hussain returned to commentary duty for Sky Sports for the third Test between England and India, having been working on Sky's coverage of The Hundred earlier in the series.

And the former England captain was hilariously welcomed back by fellow Sky commentator David Lloyd, with the pair on duty for the first over of the match.

As James Anderson was preparing to bowl to Rohit Sharma, Lloyd said: "He's back by popular request, the man they couldn't gag, after his triumphant 34 gig tour.

"From Cardiff to Leeds, Manchester to London, Southampton to Birmingham. Lighting up stadiums across the nation, the award-winning, the one and only, for one Test only. All the way from Chennai and Chelmsford, Nasser 'Nass' Hussain."

Ahead of the third Test, Hussain explained that he wants to see Joe Root become more "ruthless" as England captain.

Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Hussain stated: "Joe is extremely popular within the dressing room and with England supporters — you only have to listen to all the chants of ‘Rooooooot’ to know that — but I’m afraid the England captaincy is not a popularity contest.

"The only thing I would say, not just about Root but also this England regime, is that it seems they do not quite know when to be ruthless and when is the right time for Joe to be an angry captain. The time to offer the stick rather than the carrot.

"The England set-up is full of nice people, whether that be Root, Chris Silverwood, Paul Collingwood or Graham Thorpe. But at some stage you have to be tough and tell your team exactly what you think.

"At times, Joe picks the wrong moment to go into battle. He got it wrong on that final morning at Lord’s when he picked a fight with Jasprit Bumrah. He would be better off picking a battle with his top three over their lack of runs, or the ECB over scheduling.

"And maybe he should be picking a battle with Ashley Giles and Silverwood about why he has had one arm tied behind his back and hasn’t had his best Test side at any stage in the last year. I’d like to see an angry Joe then.

"Root always backs his players and that’s a very good thing, not least in his support of Ben Stokes at the moment, but he should be asking tough questions of those top-order batsmen.

"They keep making him come in at 20 for two, even though he bats at four to try to give him some sort of respite from the job and focus on his run-scoring.

"If it’s not coming from Root, who within the set-up will ask those questions? People say Silverwood can be tough and is not afraid to confront big issues. We need to see them being confronted.

"I know the fire is still burning within Root. You can see that with his captaincy and his world-class batting this year. He doesn’t have to be like me and be a grumpy captain. He can still play the right way while having that ruthless streak."

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