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England cricket woes: Hussain blames it on IPL issues

The IPL continues to be blamed for England's cricketing slump with ex-captain Nasser Hussain saying that "IPL issues" have prevented Andrew Strauss' men from playing as a "happy bunch".

cricket Updated: Feb 10, 2009 12:36 IST

The Indian Premier League continues to be blamed for England's cricketing slump with ex-captain Nasser Hussain saying that "IPL issues" have prevented Andrew Strauss' men from playing as a "happy bunch".

"They have not been a happy bunch - there have been issues about the IPL," Hussain was quoted as saying by 'The Mirror'.

England went down by an innings and 23 runs against West Indies in the first Test in Jamaica, being bowled out for an embarrassing 51 runs in their second innings.

The defeat came a day after star batsman Kevin Pietersen and all-rounder Andrew Flintoff became the world's richest cricketers attracting record-breaking bids of $ 1.55 million each in the IPL players' auction.

Hussain said apart from the IPL, Pietersen's equation with a few teammates after being asked to step down as England captain, due to his public spat with sacked coach Peter Moores, is also a cause of concern.

"I've felt since I arrived there are still issues between Pietersen and certain people, both in and out of the side," he said.