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Nasser Hussain OBE
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Hussain in 2005
Personal information
Full name Nasser Hussain
Born 28 March 1968 (1968-03-28) (age 50)
Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Nickname Nashwan, Nass, Beaky
Batting style Right hand bat
Bowling style Right arm leg break
Role Batsman, commentator
Relations Jawad Hussain (father), Mel Hussain (brother), Reece Hussain (nephew)
International information
National side England
Test debut (cap 542) 24 February 1990 v West Indies
Last Test 20 May 2004 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 105) 30 October 1989 v Pakistan
Last ODI 2 March 2003 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 3
Domestic team information
Years Team
1987–2004 Essex
1991 MCC
Career statistics
Competition Test ODIs FC LA
Matches 96 88 334 364
Runs scored 5,764 2,332 20,698 10,732
Batting average 37.18 30.28 42.06 30.28
100s/50s 14/33 1/16 52/108 10/72
Top score 207 115 207 161*
Balls bowled 30 312
Wickets 0 2
Bowling average 161.50
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a n/a
Best bowling 0-15 1-38
Catches/stumpings 67/– 40 350 161
Source: Cricinfo, 15 October 2007

Nasser Hussain OBE (born 28 March 1968) is a former English cricketer who captained the England cricket team between 1999 and 2003, with his overall international career extending from 1990 to 2004. A pugnacious right-handed batsman, Hussain scored over 30,000 runs from more than 650 matches across all first-class and List-A cricket, including 62 centuries. His highest Test score of 207, scored in the first Test of the 1997 Ashes at Edgbaston, was described by Wisden as "touched by genius" He played 96 Test matches and 88 One Day International games in total. In Tests he scored 5765 runs, and he took 150 catches, fielding predominantly in the second slip and gully.

Born inMadras in India, Hussain was led into cricket by his father, and his family moved to England when Hussain was a young child. He joined Essex in 1987 after developing from a spin bowler to batsman while at school and playing for the various Essex youth teams, as the leg-spin of his youth deserted him. He was selected for England initially on the back of 990 runs scored for Essex in the County Championship of 1989, though injury and poor form would limit his international caps during the early 1990s to three Tests of a 1990 West Indies tour, and four further matches in 1993. Only in 1996 did he become a regular England Test cricketer.

Although regarded as somewhat of a firebrand in his youth, Hussain succeeded Alec Stewart as captain in 1999 and led England in forty-five Test matches until resigning in 2003. Overseeing four consecutive Test series victories and England's rise to third in the Test rankings, Hussain is regarded as one of England's most able captains. Simon Barnes of The Times wrote that Hussain was "perhaps the finest captain to hold the office." After resigning the captaincy, Hussain played on in Test cricket until the debut Test of future captain Andrew Strauss – the ability of whom was witnessed by Hussain who scored a century in the same match – and growing calls for him to leave the team, prompted him to yield his position and retire. He joined Sky Sports as a commentator shortly thereafter. His 2005 autobiography Playing With Fire won the Best Autobiography category of the 2005 British Sports Book Awards.

Statistics

Test cricket

Performance against each opponent

Opponent Matches Innings Not out Runs High Score 100 50 Average
Flag of Australia Australia Australia 23 45 4 1581 207 2 11 38.56
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh Bangladesh 2 4 0 188 95 0 2 47.00
Flag of India India India 10 16 1 824 155 4 2 54.93
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand New Zealand 10 17 2 698 106 2 4 46.53
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan Pakistan 6 10 2 267 64 0 3 33.37
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa South Africa 14 26 3 1010 146 3 5 36.04
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 8 14 0 345 109 1 2 24.64
Flag of West Indies West Indies West Indies 17 30 4 653 106 1 4 25.11
TOTAL 90 162 16 5566 207 13 33 38.27

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Flag of England England Squad 2003 Cricket World Cup Flag of England
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