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Last Updated:  Monday, 17 February, 2003, 13:06 GMT

Hussain upbeat after victory
England captain Nasser Hussain
Hussain has threatened to quit after the World Cup

England captain Nasser Hussain admitted the main feeling was one of relief after his side's six-wicket victory against Holland at Buffalo Park.

After weeks of legal wrangling the team finally boycotted Thursday's game against Zimbabwe in Harare.

That led to the forfeiting of four potential points, seriously affecting England's chances of progressing in the competition.

But Hussain was just glad to get the opportunity to play cricket on Sunday after endless talks with officials.

"It was nice to wake up this morning a little bit nervous and just thinking about cricket, getting out there and thinking about bowling changes and fielding changes," said Hussain.

"It's all about the cricket now and nothing else."

Although England lost more wickets than they might have done chasing a target of 143, Michael Vaughan and Nick Knight both looked in good touch en route to half-centuries.

"It was a good workout for us and nice to get some cricket under our belts at last," said Hussain.

"Getting the runs in 23 overs was also good and it was important to get the run-rate beefed up because I think it will come down to that in this group.

"We lack a killer player like Brett Lee but we do have great discipline."

Fast bowler James Anderson hinted further improvement was just around the corner after taking four wickets and the man-of-the-match award in his first World Cup game.

"It's been a fantastic year," said the 20-year-old.

"I had a good summer, then the academy and now the World Cup

"It was good to get out there and actually play a game.

"We were getting a bit fed up of the repetitiveness of the nets. To get out there in the middle is very good."

England captain Nasser Hussain
"To win a one-day game in 23 overs is a good performance"

England bowler James Anderson
"I got the ball in the right areas"

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