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Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai: Nasser Hussain returns to his birthplace on Friday to lead England in the third One-day International against India and is hoping for a win to mark the special occasion.[an error occurred while processing this directive]"It is a huge game for me," Hussain, who was born in this Southern Indian city before migrating to England as a five-year-old in 1973 with his family, said."A lot of who I am, as a man and a cricketer, is down to my dad, Joe. It is a big match for me because it is such a big game for him. I am proud of what he has done for me, and as his roots come from Madras, I am proud to be back there."The Hussain family is planning a celebratory dinner during the team's brief two-day stay in the city.The England captain added, however, that his loyalty had never been divided."I have always been English," Hussain said. "I am proud of my roots, proud of my English side and proud of being England captain."Hussain also praised Indian crowds and said the tourists had enjoyed the tour."Everywhere the team goes, people have been waving at us," he said. "There has been no booing. They clapped my 50s in Tests. They appreciate good cricket out there."They are just mad about (Sachin) Tendulkar, that's all."Hussain said his team would continue to pressure the hosts in Friday's day-night match to gain the psychological advantage in the series."They (England) were far superior to India in the field," former Indian batting great Sunil Gavaskar said in a rare tribute to the Englishmen."India's running between wickets was awful. It was the lack of judgement of a run that was the worrying factor. India has a lot of problems to overcome and most of them are in the head."

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