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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 July, 2003, 10:25 GMT 11:25 UK
Hussain's record in focus
Tests as captain:
Won 17 Drawn 13 Lost 15
Won 28 Lost 27 NR 1
As Nasser Hussain steps down as captain of England's Test team, BBC Sport examines the international team's highs and lows since he was appointed in 1999.

New Zealand beat England 2-1
Summer 1999
Hussain's first series as captain ends in an embarrassing home defeat to New Zealand after which England are unofficially ranked the worst side in Test cricket.

South Africa beat England 2-1
Winter tour 1999/2000
England are already 2-0 down in the five-Test series when they snatch a consolation victory in the rain-hit final Test.

England beat Zimbabwe 1-0
Summer 2000
England destroy the visitors in the first Test, winning by an innings and 209 runs, but they appear to relax in the second and are fortunate to escape with a Michael Atherton-inspired draw.

England beat West Indies 3-1
Summer 2000
Peter May 20 Tests won
Mike Brearley 18
Nasser Hussain 17
Mike Atherton 13
Ray Illingworth 12
England's chances of a series win look bleak when they are rolled over in the first Test inside three days, but they hit back with victories at Lord's, Headingley and the Oval.

England beat Pakistan 1-0
Winter tour 2000/01
After the first two Tests end in stalemate, Graham Thorpe and Graeme Hick put England on the path to victory with a 91-run partnership as the tourists secure the vital win in the fading light at Karachi.

England beat Sri Lanka 2-1
Spring tour 2001
Sri Lanka took the first Test at Galle but Hussain's century in the second helped England fight back to level the Series. The tourists won the decider by four wickets.

England draw with Pakistan 1-1
Summer 2001
Fast bowlers Darren Gough and Andy Caddick fire England's win in the first Test, but Pakistan respond with a brilliant attacking display in the second to level the series.

Australia beat England 4-1
Summer 2001
The tone is set early when Australia cruise to an innings victory in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston, and England never recover. Their win at Headingley, spearheaded by a wonderful century from Mark Butcher, comes when the Ashes are already lost.

India beat England 1-0
Winter tour 2001/02
India take a 1-0 lead in the first Test with a comprehensive 10-wicket win and though England's performance improves in the remaining two, they cannot prevent the hosts winning the series.

England draw with New Zealand 1-1
Spring tour 2002
The Kiwis deny the tourists a series win by securing their first home Test success over England since 1984 and leapfrog their opponents in the rankings to fourth.

England beat Sri Lanka 2-0
Summer 2002
After a drawn first Test, Matthew Hoggard and Andrew Caddick star as England win the second by an innings and 11 runs.

England draw with India 1-1
Summer 2002
Nasser Hussain 38% Tests won
Alec Stewart 27%
Michael Atherton 24%
Graham Gooch 29%
Mike Gatting 9%
David Gower 16%
Hussain scores a century in the first Test as England begin positively at Lord's but India level the four-match series with an innings win in the third after they declare on 628-8 in the first innings.

Australia beat England 4-1
Winter tour 2002/03
Hussain presides over a second successive 4-1 Ashes defeat, their consolation victory coming in the final Test when Michael Vaughan and Mark Butcher both hit centuries.

England beat Zimbabwe 2-0
Summer 2003
England cruise to victory in the two-Test series against an inexperienced Zimbabwe side. Hussain's side clinch victory in both Tests inside three days.

England level with South Africa 0-0
Summer 2003
Hussain resumes the captaincy from one-day skipper Vaughan but England endure a nightmare first day in which their opponents rack up 398-1. England recover to secure a draw, but Hussain announces his decision to step down immediately.

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