Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It Could Be Right Time for Me to Call It a Day, Says Nasser

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It Could Be Right Time for Me to Call It a Day, Says Nasser

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Nasser Hussain last night revealed he may have played his last shot for England when he struck the winning runs in the first npower Test against New Zealand at Lord's.

The former captain announced he will decide over the next two days whether or not he should retire from Test cricket.

"I am just going to have to talk to some people in my life and come to a non-emotive decision about when would be a good time to call it a day," he said.

"I will do that in the next 24 or 48 hours."

Many assumed the carrot of 100 Test match appearances ( Hussain has now clocked up 96 ( would ensure the 36-year-old retains an appetite to play on for the rest of this summer at least.

He discounted that factor, however, and made it clear he is most interested in picking the right time to retire from a form and fitness point of view ( rather than hanging on for milestones.

Hussain, who finished with an unbeaten 103 from 204 balls in yesterday's notable victory over the Kiwis, has also clearly been swayed by the performance in this match of debutant Andrew Strauss.

The Middlesex captain came into the squad only as a late call-up to replace the injured Michael Vaughan at the top of the order.

Yet he might well have become the first Englishman to make centuries in both innings on debut, had he not been run out in a mix-up with Hussain when he had made 83 second time round.

"I am not going to be holding up Straussy and lads like that," said Hussain.

"I will not be blocking anyone and I only want to play in a side that still needs and wants me. I don't want to be hanging around. But I have to make some decisions in my life now. The last thing I want to do is hold anyone up in their career."

Hussain made it clear too that he will not be rushed into a momentous decision to retire.

And that it is in any case something he has been considering ever since England clinched their historic series triumph over the West Indies two months ago.

"I have been thinking about this since (the third Test in) Barbados, when is a good time to go," he said.

"I don't really want to go in the middle of a series. …

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