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May 24, 2004: When Nasser Hussain Walked Into the Sunset On His Own Terms

Cricketnext Staff |May 24, 2019, 7:21 AM IST
May 24, 2004: When Nasser Hussain Walked Into the Sunset On His Own Terms

Former skipper Nasser Hussain is regarded as one of the greatest cricketer ever to wear the national jersey of England. In his prime, Hussain could take apart any bowling up in the world and led from the front more often than not after he got a chance to lead his country.

On this day, 15 years ago, Hussain scripted a majestic innings at Lord's that helped England beat New Zealand on the final day of the first Test and two days later, he announced his retirement from all forms of the game.

With calls for his head getting increasingly hostile during the fag end of his career, Hussain walked into the sunset on his own terms and with his head held high, as he slammed an unbeaten century in his last innings on the international arena.

Batting first, New Zealand put on a spirited performance and put on a strong total of 386 runs Mark Richardson, Nathan Astle, Jacom Oram and Chris Cairns scoring half-centuries. Steve Harmison starred for the hosts as he picked up four wickets in the innings.

Meanwhile, England's first innings was all about Andrew Strauss as the southpaw slammed a sensational ton which helped the hosts take a lead of 55 runs.

Richardson once again came up the goods in the second Kiwi innings as he scored a ton while Brendon McCullum slammed 96, as England were set a target of 282 to chase in the final innings.

On the final day of the Test, England were reeling at 35/2 in the chase when Hussain took to the crease. Strauss (83) was unceremoniously run-out because of an error in judgement by Hussain and the crowd was almost turned on their hero.

But after that gaffe, the right-hander played one of the best innings of his life to guide England to a famous victory at the Mecca of cricket. Hussain (103*) hit back-to-back fours to bring up his century and then smashed a classic drive through the covers to hit the winning runs.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
7 6 1 0 12 +0.90
2
NZ
6 5 0 1 11 +1.30
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
7 4 3 0 8 +1.05
5
BAN
7 3 3 1 7 -0.13
6
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
7
PAK
6 2 3 1 5 -1.26
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
7 0 7 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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