Ideally I would want to play 100 Tests: Hussain
Published: Sunday, April 27, 2003, 18:11 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
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London: England captain Nasser Hussain has said he wants to play 100 Tests, become his country's longest serving skipper and lead the team to more Test victories than anyone else before he retires. "As for the first goal, I have played 81 Tests so far," Hussain, 35, wrote in the 'Sunday Telegraph'. "This summer we have two against Zimbabwe, then five against South Africa ... This winter we may have as many as nine Tests; three in Sri Lanka, two in Bangladesh, four in the West Indies. "That makes - given selection and barring injury - 97 Tests. In other words, I want to continue to play until the end of next summer," - when New Zealand and West Indies are due to tour England - explained Hussain. After England's first round exit at this year's World Cup in South Africa, Hussain announced his retirement from One-day International cricket, saying he no longer merited a place in the team. "Stepping down as captain of the England One-day side obviously opens the door for a new leader, but I did that because I think the England One-day side will be better off without me, just as I think, at the moment, the Test side will be better off with me remaining in charge..." "Of course, if at any stage I feel the Test side will be better off without me I will again do the honourable thing." England's most successful captain is the late Peter May who led England to 20 victories in 41 Tests as skipper from 1955 to 1961. Hussain has won 15 of his 42 Tests in charge of England and so needs six more wins to overtake May's mark. England's longest serving captain is Hussain's former team-mate Michael Atherton who led his country in 54 Tests but was on the winning side in just 13 of those matches.