Nasser Hussain retires on a high

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Former England captain Nasser Hussain has announced his immediate retirement from all forms of cricket.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain has announced his immediate retirement from all forms of cricket.

Hussain struck a match-winning century as England beat New Zealand by seven wickets at Lord's on Monday and has decided that would be the perfect note to end his career on.

Hussain, 36, steps down after a 14-year career which saw him win 96 Test caps and play 88 one-day internationals. He scored 14 Test centuries and captained England 45 times in Tests.

He currently stands 12th in the list of England's Test run scorers with 5,764 runs at an average of 37.18 and is England's eighth most-capped player of all time.

England chairman of selectors David Graveney said: "Nasser has made an outstanding contribution to the England team both as a captain and as a player.

"This has been a difficult decision for him to take and I am pleased that like Michael Atherton and Alec Stewart before him, he has decided to leave international cricket at a time of his own choosing."

He added: "I don't want to hold up any young player ... I don't want at any stage just to be selected because I'm approaching 100 caps."

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