Wed, Jul 30, 2003 - Page 20 News List

Hussain resigns as England's captain



England skipper Nasser Hussain resigned as captain of the England cricket team on Monday, with Michael Vaughan announced as his replacement.

Hussain, 34, who quit as one-day captain after England's first round exit in the World Cup in South Africa earlier this year, had just led the side to a draw in the opening test against South Africa at Edgbaston. Vaughan is now captain of both the one-day and test teams. Hussain said he felt too mentally tired to continue as leader. He also said it was difficult to assert his aggressive captaincy approach after England had excelled under Vaughan's light-hearted nature during the one-day series.

The new-look England one-day team hammered South Africa to claim the tri-series. England had gone in to the series following a come from behind 2-1 series win over Pakistan.

"The last thing they want is a tired leader," said Hussain, who has captained England in 45 tests and winning 17 of them.

"I feel that the time is right for a change. Michael Vaughan has shown in the last few months what a capable leader he is.

"I need to give a 100 percent when I am captain. Captaincy always affects your game."

Hussain was named in the England squad for the second test against South Africa starting tomorrow. He said he would continue to play for England.

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