Hussain will step down as skipper after World Cup

Published: Monday, December 31, 2001, 16:31 [IST]
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London: Nasser Hussain will quit as captain of England at the end of the World Cup in South Africa in 2003.The 33-year-old, who has been in charge of the side since 1999, said here on Monday that he hopes to hand on the responsibility to somebody else after the next World Cup."I took over from Alec Stewart after the last World Cup and it would complete a natural cycle," Hussain told 'The Sun' newspaper."I don't want to stay in the job too long.

The World Cup would be a good time to step down and let someone else take over."Since Hussain took over the job, England has lost only nine of the 27 Tests. He led the team to four successive Test series victories over Zimbabwe, West Indies, Pakistan and Sri Lanka during the last year.Although he was unable to maintain that momentum with successive defeats against Australia and India, Hussain is regarded as England's most popular captain since Mike Brearley in the early 1980s.

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