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banner Thursday, 14 February, 2002, 17:08 GMT
Hick hopes for another chance
Graeme Hick
Hick believes he is amongst the top ODI batsmen
The mercurial Graeme Hick believes he could be the answer to England's current middle-order problems.

England experienced difficulties with their middle-order in the recent one-day series against India when in several matches promising positions were thrown away.

The trend continued on Wednesday when England collapsed from 156 for two to 196 all out in the first of five one-day internationals against New Zealand.

Hick last played for England during the series against Sri Lanka in the spring of 2001 but speaking in an interview with Wisden Cricket Monthly, he said:

"This will sound big-headed, but I do feel I can offer more in the one-day environment than the majority of people playing in the side now."

Paul Collingwood dejected
England collapses are a common feature

The Worcestershire captain has long been regarded as the enigma of English cricket, averaging only 31 at Test level despite a first-class average of over 50.

Hick admitted that he had sought the help of psychologists in overcoming his below-par performances.

"It was obviously after I'd failed... You're never going to overcome it till you can say it out loud to someone.

"Until you can do that it's always going to be a stigma," he stated.

After returning to the squad in 2000, following a two-year exile, many believed that Hick could turn the corner under the guidance of his former captain for Zimbabwe, Duncan Fletcher.

However, it appears that Hick feels let down by his coaches, replying when asked who he felt was the best he had played under: "That's the trouble: there haven't been any."

Asked if he regarded himself as a success or a failure, Hick answered: "A bit of both."

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