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banner Friday, 4 January, 2002, 19:00 GMT
Hussain's flipping fillip
BBC Sport Online's Charlie Henderson says Nasser Hussain could find an unlikely ally in the euro as he looks to take England to the top of the cricket world.

The euro debate is likely to run and run in Britain.

In the blue corner, you have a band of instantly forgettable politicians listing endless reasons why the country should not give up the proud history of the pound.

In the red corner, the same roll-call of the utterly unmemorable are spouting reasons why Britain should leap on the European bandwagon.

A bout of epic proportions that will soon bore all-and-sundry.

That is, unless it is masterminded by Don King and includes a host of celebrities.

The first in line to sign up for King's jamboree would surely be Nasser Hussain.

Jordan models on the bonnet of a car
Like the coin, Jordan's a bit top heavy

England's cricket captain has not got Gordon Brown's head to turn figures or Jordan's figure to turn heads.

But if he heard the findings of two Polish whizzkids, he would be first in the queue to help the pro-euro camp.

Turning "heads" or "tails" is key to Hussain's game.

After losing 15 tosses in a row, Hussain, who always calls "tails", has now won two on the bounce in India.

Draws in both those Tests speak for themselves, and the England skipper could now get a further helping hand in the guise of the euro.

The academics claim Belgian euro coins have been struck "asymmetrically" and come up tails only 44% of the time.

  Football flipping
Uefa and Fifa referees use coloured "fair play" counters instead of coins
Mathematicians Tomasz Gliszczynski and Waclaw Zawadowski spun the coin on a table 250 times and it landed "heads" 140 times, or 56%.

The large image of King Albert II made the coin heavier on one side, Mr Gliszczynski told the German newspaper Die Welt.

Gliszczynski revealed that euro cent coins were even more likely to land on "heads".

"The euro is minted asymmetrically, which means in layman's terms that it is out of balance," he explained.

Maths and physics provided about as much interest at school as an Audley Harrison bout on a boxing bill - another thing King could add his weight to.

But, with a basic ability to count - and although having better things to do than flip a coin 10,000 times - BBC Sport Online took the investigative route to add some weight to the coin debate.

  The sport report
The French flip
56% "tree"
The French spin
52% "tree"
With a French euro and a limited knowledge of physics - is it best to flip a coin in the air or spin it on a table? - we set to work.

Using a combination of the two tossing techniques we also reached a conclusion which showed a startling irregularity in the results.

One side came out an average 54% of the time, but whether it is a "head" or "tail" left us stumped.

It is the side with a tree, ringed by the words "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité".

So there it is Nasser.

Get Great Britain in the euro and cricketing world domination will surely follow... as long as you call "heads", "tree" or anything but "tails".

See also:

03 Jan 02 |  Business
Euro's arrival at a glance
31 Dec 01 |  UK Politics
UK euro decision 'on its way'
23 Dec 01 |  England
Rain ends England's series
15 Dec 01 |  England
India hold out for draw
17 Dec 01 |  UK Politics
The case for joining the euro
06 Dec 01 |  England on Tour
Kumble's six sinks England
23 Aug 01 |  Funny Old Game
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