Cricket: NAZ TEARS FOR HIS ENGLAND CHUMPS.CAPTAIN Nasser Hussain Nasser Hussain (born March 28 1968, Madras (now Chennai, India) is a former Essex and England cricketer. He was born of an Indian father, Jawad (also known as "Joe"), and an English mother, Patricia, who changed her name to Shireen on conversion to Islam. held back tears as he was abused by fans after England's slump to the bottom of the world cricket rankings.
It was 1.51pm on August 22 and a shell-shocked Hussain was standing on the balcony at The Oval after his team had just been officially declared the worst in the world.
New Zealand New Zealand (zē`lənd), island country (2005 est. pop. 4,035,000), 104,454 sq mi (270,534 sq km), in the S Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi (1,600 km) SE of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland. had won the final Test by 83 runs and taken the series 2- 1 following yet another diabolical batting display by England.
They had collapsed from 123 for 3 to 162 all out in just 77 minutes, losing seven wickets for l9 runs inside eight overs.
Now the heat is on to find a squad capable of touring South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa. this winter.
While Hussain tried to paper over the cracks in a TV interview, the fans vented their fury on the hapless side.
Fans jeered "What a load of rubbish''' and '"We're the worst team in the world,'' and the tears welled up in the captain's eyes.
He said: "Of course the insults hurt. The things that were being shouted and sung hurt immensely.
"We just don't turn up at l0 o'clock in the morning and say who are we playing? `Oh it's New Zealand, we'll go out and see what's happening.' We've got a burning desire to turn things around.
"I can understand the crowd barracking us, however hurtful it is. I can assure everyone as to how gutted I and the rest of the team feel."
Hussain found an unlikely friend in the shape of Kiwi Coach, Steve Rixon Stephen John Rixon (born February 25 1954, Albury, New South Wales) is a former Australian and New South Wales cricketer.
He played in 13 Tests and 6 One-day Internationals between 1977 and 1985. who was disgusted by the way the crowd abused Hussain, saying: "It's an outrage when the home Captain ends up being booed."
As the insults rained down on Hussain and his men, the triumphant Kiwis were called out on to the field where they were mobbed by supporters.
Some of the players stripped to the waist and gave a rendition of their famous All Blacks' rugby war dance, the Haka ha·ka
A Maori war dance accompanied by chanting.
1. a Maori war chant accompanied by actions
That was the final insult for the English players slinking away from the Oval after only their second series defeat by the Kiwis in England over 68 years.
Just to add to the chaos of English cricket it was revealed that Graham Thorpe Graham Paul Thorpe MBE (born August 1 1969 in Farnham, Surrey) is an English cricketer who played for Surrey and England.
Naturally right-handed in everything but batting, when he was six years old Thorpe changed his stance to make it harder for his two elder brothers to get told Hussain he was not available for the South African tour on the eve On the Eve (Накануне in Russian) is the third novel by famous Russian writer Ivan Turgenev, best known for his short stories and the novel Fathers and Sons. of the final Test.
But chairman of selectors, David Graveney David Anthony Graveney OBE (born 2 January, 1953 Westbury-on-Trym) is a leading figure in English cricket as the chairman of the England Test selectors since 1997.
He led a successful first-class cricket career between 1972 and 1994. was not informed until 48 hours later, and he was clearly annoyed at the way Thorpe's tour unavailability leaked out.