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Tuesday, 25 September, 2001, 09:27 GMT 10:27 UK
England 'need Hick'
Graham Thorpe, Adam Hollioake, Matthew Fleming
Fleming (right): Part of England's winning Sharjah side
Nasser Hussain is not good enough to justify his inclusion in England's one-day side, according to Kent skipper Matthew Fleming.

He believes the team should instead be built around Graeme Hick.

Fleming, who led Kent to the Norwich Union League title earlier this month, was speaking ahead of the England squad's departure to play five one-day internationals in Zimbabwe.

The tour has been arranged to enable coach Duncan Fletcher to look at some younger players before beginning to build a side for the 2003 World Cup.

Hussain will lead the team, but has not played a one-day international for a year because of injuries.

"If you take away the captaincy issue then Nasser Hussain probably shouldn't be in the team," Fleming told BBC Sport Online.

Match winners

"He is a great captain and good Test batsman but, like Michael Vaughan, I'm not convinced he has the firepower for the one-day game.

"I think Graeme Hick is still the best one-day batsman in the country and good enough for England to build a team around.

"I would pick a batting order of Nick Knight, Marcus Trescothick, Graeme Hick, Graham Thorpe, Alec Stewart, Owais Shah and Ben Hollioake.

Graeme Hick & Nasser Hussain
Should Hick replace Hussain for England?

"Darren Gough and Andy Caddick would lead the bowling attack with possibly Craig White or Andy Flintoff, but I'm not sure we have a one-day spinner who is good enough.

"With that side England would have plenty of match winners and there is no reason why they shouldn't win the World Cup.

Fleming played 11 one-day internationals for England and was a member of the side which won the Champions Trophy in Sharjah in 1997.

But England's recent one-day form has been dismal and suffered their 11th successive defeat during the NatWest Series during the summer.

Despite that, Fleming does not he think the current England side are as bad as their recent record suggests.

"With the benefit of hindsight the selectors sometimes played the wrong team on the wrong day," he said.

Catch up

"They were playing in difficult conditions in Sri Lanka against a side that had a lot to prove after losing the Test series.

Steve Waugh holds the NatWest Series trophy
Australia are setting new standards

"Then they came up against the best team in the world in Australia and Pakistan, the most mercurial team in the world, playing at the top of their game.

"Australia have rewritten the tactical rules of one-day cricket recently with four slips and two gullies but that is easy to do with their firepower and when you are winning.

"England are playing catch up at the moment but until they have a settled team they cannot evolve a game plan or the proper team spirit.

"Duncan Fletcher has spent the last 14 months concentrating on the Test team and he has only just turned his attention to the one-day side.

"You can't judge him on any results apart from the World Cup in 2003."

See also:

25 Sep 01 |  England in Zimbabwe
Flintoff's new mind-set
24 Sep 01 |  Cricket
Thorpe fills the gap
04 Oct 01 |  Cricket
England tours go ahead
28 Aug 01 |  Cricket
Dawson, Foster win England call
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