Perfect timing Nasser! Says Waugh

Published: Tuesday, June 1, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Barrackpore:Former Aussie skipper Steve Waugh on Tuesday hailed former England captain Nasser Hussain for making a heroic exit from international cricket after scoring a match-winning knock against New Zealand in the first Test at Lord's.

"Nasser has timed his retirement perfectly. He scored a hundred (103 not out), won a Test match, doing it all in circumstances when many were saying he was struggling for his place in the side," Waugh, who was on a short visit to Barrackpore, said.

Recalling that he was under similar pressure in Sydney two years back, Waugh, the most successful Test captain ever, said "looking at that, I think it was a perfect way to finish.

"He (Hussain) left on a high note and that's what all the cricketers want to do."

Waugh, who himself quit international cricket in January last, said though the English batsman, who had 96 Test caps, could definitely have continued at the highest level of the game, "he wanted to go out on top (form)...just as I had wanted to."

Hussain, who led England in 45 Test matches, announced his retirement on May 27, three days after leading his side to a seven-wicket victory against the Kiwis with his unbeaten century.

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