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Last Updated: Monday, 28 July, 2003, 17:43 GMT 18:43 UK
Hussain quits as captain
Nasser Hussain has stunned the cricketing world by resigning as England Test captain.

Nasser Hussain
I wasn't quite the captain that England needed or wanted on Thursday
Nasser Hussain

The 35-year-old batsman ended his four-year reign after the drawn first Test against South Africa at Edgbaston.

Michael Vaughan, the one-day captain, will lead the side in the second Test at Lord's which begins on Thursday.

Hussain will feature in that match as a player, since he has no plans to retire as yet. There are no changes to the side.

Hussain said: "Michael Vaughan has shown in the last few months that he is a very capable leader.

"I think there are some young lads in there that will play under him and I think the last thing they want is a tired leader."

Hussain, who made his Test debut in 1990 in the same match as fellow veteran Alec Stewart, said the captaincy was "not just something you do".

He added: "I've always said it's something you have to do 100%.

"There are only so many times you can go to the well in terms deep for the team."

And in a reference to England's poor performance on the first day of the Edgbaston Test, he added: "I wasn't quite the captain that England needed or wanted on Thursday."

In Hussain's time as captain, England rose from being one of the weakest Test nations to one of the best, though he failed to achieve his main ambition - to win the Ashes.

After a poor winter campaign, culminating in England's failure to qualify for the Super Six stage of the World Cup, Hussain said he had had enough of one-day internationals.

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But at the time he said he retained a desire to captain his country in the longer form of the game.

Hussain, who plays his county cricket for Essex, succeeded Stewart as captain in 1999.

England won 17 and lost 15 of the 45 Tests in which he captained the side.

Last week, Stewart, 40, announced he would quit international cricket at the end of the South African series at The Oval in September.



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