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  Sunday, 1 December, 2002, 09:53 GMT
England 'not good enough'
Richard Dawson and Nasser Hussain
Hussain (right) paid tribute to Australia's bowling
Captain Nasser Hussain described England as "embarrassingly poor" after an innings defeat in Perth saw the tourists lose their eighth consecutive Ashes series.

"We're just very disappointed, we've let everybody down," said Hussain.

"We're just not performing; we're beaten, we're battered, we're bruised and it's not good enough."

But Hussain said he would not quit as captain after the disappointment, adding: "I'm not going to walk away from this team in their present state and give it to some young lad."

"It would be good for Nasser Hussain - I'd just concentrate on my batting and it would be the easiest thing for me to do - but I will not take that option against that lot."

It was a view endorsed by the new England and Wales Cricket Board chairman David Morgan, who said: "He is still the man to lead England."


After the couple of months I've had I'm entitled to kick a few cricket coffins
Nasser Hussain
Hussain gave credit to the home side's attack, which allowed just a single run in the first hour of the third and final day, and took three wickets.

"It's no excuse but you have to look at the way they are bowling - they're playing out of their skins," he went on.

"There are no free runs out there but that is what playing Test cricket is all about.

"We've lost the Ashes now so all we can do is look at them and learn from the last two games."

There is now a break in the Test series while the two sides take part in the first half of a one-day triangular tournament, also involving Sri Lanka.

Two Test matches remain, beginning in Melbourne on 26 December and Sydney on 2 January.

Mark Butcher swings his bat
Butcher was fined for venting his frustration
After his dismissal for 61 on the final day, Hussain was shown on television venting his frustration in the dressing-room.

The England skipper defended his actions, saying: "After the couple of months I've had I think I'm entitled to kick a few cricket coffins."

But Mark Butcher's annoyance, when he was out lbw to Glenn McGrath for a duck, did not go unpunished.

The Surrey batsman was fined 20% of his match fee, about 800, for hitting his stumps in frustration after the dismissal.

He was cited by match referee Wasim Raja under clause 1.2 of the rules relating to play behaviour for abuse of cricket equipment.

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