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Last Updated:  Monday, 3 March, 2003, 08:13 GMT

Hussain proud of England
England captain Nasser Hussain contemplates defeat
Hussain was inconsolable after the agonising defeat to Australia
England skipper Nasser Hussain says his side should be proud of their showing at the World Cup, even if they fail to qualify for the Super Sixes.

England fell to an agonising two-wicket defeat at the hands of Australia on Saturday.

They must now hope Pakistan beat Zimbabwe on Tuesday and fail to better England's run-rate in doing so.

"We've got nothing to be ashamed of so far," Hussain insisted.

"We got stuck on a dodgy wicket the other night against India and came back here to be the first team to give Australia a run for their money in this tournament."

"We had to beat Australia and if we had done so and gone through we would have taken four points into the Super Sixes.

"So there is not a lot of consolation. You get what you deserve in this game, if we get through we do, if we don't, we don't.

"I don't know if I will pay much notice to that game, it's out of our hands and we will know at the end of Tuesday whether the result has gone our way or not."


Hussain said he had no regrets about England forfeiting the fixture in Zimbabwe on safety grounds.

"I have none at all, any other country going to Zimbabwe is completely different and people should realise that," he said.

England missed out on the chance to beat Australia for the first time in four years at one-day level.

"I am bitterly disappointed. We had them there again at eight down for not many. We had it right there to win and we just needed one wicket but whatever we tried we couldn't get it," Hussain said.

"It was very disappointing to walk off losers, whatever the tournament. We have just lost to Australia again."

Andy Bichel was named man of the match after he ripped through England's batting line-up, returning figures of seven for 20, before playing a key role at the death.

England's Andrew Flintoff shakes hands with Andy Bichel
Defeat was a bitter pill to swallow for England
And Hussain said his contribution with bat and ball had turned the match in Australia's favour.

"To have someone like Bichel coming in at 10 is such a bonus for Australia," he said.

"We know he can play - he's batted at number three against us in a Test match - but the way he struck it at the end there was exceptional.

"There was quite a bit in the wicket and generally people who played positively got the runs in the game.

"Our openers went out there and got the Australian line and length a little bit messed up but Bichel came in and bowled a very inspired spell."

Links to more England stories


England captain Nasser Hussain
"Bichel had a special game"

Australia's Andy Bichel
"You never give up till the last ball is bowled"

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