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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 May, 2004, 13:44 GMT 14:44 UK
Hussain's retirement statement
Nasser Hussain
Age has been catching up on me a little bit

Full transcript of former England captain Nasser Hussain's statement as he announces he is quitting the game.

"I came here to announce my retirement from all forms of cricket.

It has been a major decision for me and not one I have taken lightly, nor have I taken it in the last few days.

It has been a gradual thing that has happened over months. I have been thinking for a while what is the best time to go.

By Sunday night, sitting in my room at the Landmark Hotel, a few miles from here at Lord's, I decided the time was right for me to go.

Age has been catching up on me a little bit - the body, the mind, the fire in the stomach and possibly the eyes a little bit as well, have started to deteriorate.

I was willing to fight that, against opposition and people who were writing me off, which I have done throughout my career.

But what I wasn't willing to do was fight against youth, and that doesn't mean my youth, but youth in the form of Andrew Strauss, who put his hand up by coming into the side and scoring a lot of runs.

It wasn't just Andrew. I was flicking through Teletext last week and people like Robert Key, Ian Bell, Ian Ward and Scott Newman were all getting runs and they warrant consideration for selection.

By Sunday night I had decided my time was up.

However I looked at it, it was either going to be called up by the chairman of selectors or I could call it up myself.

What happened on Monday was incredible. The last few days I have been trying to decide whether Monday has made my thoughts clearer or clouded them.

But Monday clarified my thoughts and helped me reach this decision, which I am firmly behind and am very proud to have come to.

If I was going to go out and someone was going to thank me for the efforts I have put in since I was a young boy, then it happened on Monday.

A lot of good things happened to me and it was a great day for me.

To do it here at Lord's, to hit my finest shot, my favourite shot, through the covers for four to win the game for England was a massive thing for me.

The fact that Graham Thorpe - a huge friend of mine - was at the other end, walking through the Long Room afterwards, to finish on a high with my fielding, to take a few catches and run out a couple of people - one of the opposition and one of my own side....it was just a great day."




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