Byline: Cricket Correspondent Mike WALTERS
NASSER HUSSAIN today reveals how he was carpeted TWICE by successor Michael Vaughan as he wound down his England career in the rank and file.
Less than a week into his reign as Test captain, Vaughan gave Hussain a dressing-down in the Lord's pavilion for playing like a distracted airhead after a torrid innings defeat against South Africa.
Then, in the Caribbean last winter, Vaughan broke up a squabble between Hussain and Matthew Hoggard in the field by ordering his predecessor to "shut up".
In his autobiography Playing With Fire* published today, Hussain blasts Alec Stewart's self-preservation as the Ashes slipped away in Australia two years ago and slams lame-duck administrators who washed their hands of diplomatic rows like Zimbabwe.
But some of Hussain's most trenchant memoirs reveal how Vaughan was not prepared to grant him any special favours after his spell as captain ended.
He said: "I proved in the West Indies that you can't jettison people and replace them with unproven youngsters just for the sake of having a young side.
"I batted better than anybody in our warm-up games. There was one incident I didn't enjoy. In our final warm-up game, a ball went down towards fine leg when we were in the field and I pointed lazily at Matthew Hoggard to field it.
"Hoggy started waving his arms around, reminding me that we had a policy of trying to protect bowlers in the field and that I should have run from short leg to get it.
"I told him to f*** off, that we only needed two more wickets.
"Next ball, Steve Harmison took a wicket and as we were in a huddle my discussion with Hoggard was in full flow.
"Vaughan came up, told me to shut up and said I should have got the ball. I was back in the ranks and the captain was having a go at me.
"I wondered whether I should be my rebellious old self and tell him to p*** off or realise he was now captain and I should just accept it.
"But I was also hurt because I couldn't imagine me doing anything similar to Alec Stewart or Mike Atherton when I was in charge. …