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Last Updated:  Sunday, 16 February, 2003, 01:02 GMT

Hussain ponders England future
Nasser Hussain
Hussain has endured a long and difficult winter
Nasser Hussain is to consider his future as England captain following the World Cup.

Hussain was clearly struggling to control his emotions as he told journalists that the England team had been "let down" by the International Cricket Council in the dispute over their World Cup game in Zimbabwe.

The four points were finally awarded to Zimbabwe by the ICC's Technical Committee on Saturday after England failed to persuade them to reschedule the match in South Africa.

Hussain described the entire episode as a "fiasco" and said the ICC should have anticipated the problem.

The authorities have fudged the issue
Nasser Hussain

He denied reports that he had behaved aggressively towards Malcolm Speed at a meeting with the ICC chief executive.

"I have absolutely nothing to apologise for. At no stage did I swear at anyone, at no stage was I rude. I just let the head of the ICC know, on behalf of my team, that he had let us down.

"They should have seen this thing happening six months, a year ago. "

Asked whether the situation meant he would be thinking about his future, he replied: "Yes, most definitely."

Hussain said he was now distrustful of the game's authorities.

"It is only the players and the cricket that keeps me going. I am going to have to throw myself into cricket. If I have to think about the authorities, I will go round in circles."

Hussain's record as captain
42 Tests
W 15, D 12, L 15
52 ODIs
W 26 L 25 NR 1

The 34-year-old Essex batsman was appointed England captain after Alec Stewart stepped down following the 1999 World Cup.

He first led the team in South Africa that winter and since then has been responsible, jointly with coach Duncan Fletcher, for an upturn their fortunes in Test cricket, although they have twice lost Ashes series against Australia.

If Hussain does decide to resign the captaincy following the tournament, Marcus Trescothick and Michael Vaughan would be the leading candidates to replace him.





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