Strauss calls on Nasser to stay

Published on May 25, 2004 07:26 PM IST

England rookie Andrew Strauss urged former captain Nasser Hussain to keep going in Test cricket on Tuesday after Hussain admitted retirement was on his mind.

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PTI | ByAgence France-Presse, London

England rookie Andrew Strauss urged former captain Nasser Hussain to keep going in Test cricket on Tuesday after Hussain admitted retirement was on his mind.

Hussain's place is under pressure, but the 36-year-old scored 103 not out to guide England to a seven-wicket win in the first Test against New Zealand at Lord's.

The England selectors now have much to contemplate ahead of the second Test at Headingley with skipper Michael Vaughan due to return, and his replacement Strauss having struck 112 and 83 on his debut.

Hussain suggested after his innings that he may make the decision for the selectors by quitting but Strauss, whose second innings run-out was caused by Hussain, feels his loss would be a blow for the team.

"I think it is his decision to make. Given that fairytale finish yesterday I could see why he would be tempted to bow out on such a high," Strauss told the BBC.

"But the England team would be worse without him. He has shown time and time again when we have needed someone to do something special he has come up and done it for us - but it is completely his decision."

Strauss accepts the decision on who to leave out should Hussain continue is a tricky but one he is happy to leave it to the selectors.

"I don't think it is a competition between me and Nasser," he said.

"I was fortunate enough to get a chance because of Michael Vaughan's injury. I'm delighted to have taken that chance but selectors do the selecting, that's their job, and it is not right to speculate on what will happen."

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