In the latest instalment in What We are Looking at, our series wherever we mine YouTube gold, we go back again to the turn of the century, and Nasser Hussain’s makes an attempt to drag English cricket up by its lapels…
Ending the Windies hoodoo
England, you may possibly have read, have been garbage in the ’90s. When Hussain took around the captaincy, they immediately lost at property to New Zealand and have been booed by their possess supporters. But in the summertime of 2000 one thing commence to stir. West Indies have been in drop, but they continue to had Brian Lara and the two-pronged menace of Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh. The whole series was an underrated tub-thumper, showcasing a buttock-clenching chase at Lord’s, Andy Caddick’s 4 in an around as West Indies have been obliterated for 61 at Headingley, and the denouement at The Oval (personalized highlight: Craig White pegging back again Lara’s leg stump initially ball), as England reclaimed the Wisden Trophy immediately after a 31-12 months hold out.
The upswing in fortunes introduced about by Hussain and Duncan Fletcher was, on the lookout back again, really remarkable. That wintertime they finished an Asian double that continues to be just about unthinkable. It started in Pakistan, that most inhospitable of locales for touring Englishmen. Following a couple of substantial-scoring attracts in Lahore and Faisalabad, the series came down to the decider in Karachi, wherever Pakistan had never ever lost a Test. The headline acts bundled a double-century stand between Yousuf Youhana (ahead of he turned Mohammad Yousuf) and Inzamam-ul-Haq Michael Atherton’s past Test hundred Inzamam remaining bowled padding up to Ashley Giles in the second innings and, eventually, Hussain and Graham Thorpe dancing in the dim as England stole victory immediately after Steve Bucknor held the groups on in defiance of Moin Khan’s time-wasting.
Lucking it out in Lanka
This was more of a saloon-bar brawl, as England came back again from one- down to conquer a Sri Lanka aspect led by Sanath Jayasuriya and showcasing Aravinda de Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan. There was more than a dollop of hapless umpiring at play, far too, although England have been on the obtaining conclude in Galle (just look at that Alec Stewart lbw!), wherever Marcus Trescothick scored his maiden Test hundred but the travellers have been thrashed by an innings. In Kandy, Hussain was the beneficiary of BC Cooray’s largesse as England gained a thriller and the umpires again came under hearth ahead of a Thorpe masterclass (113 not out and 32 not out) saw England declare the series at the SSC.
Headingley and all that
For all the pugnacious spirit exhibited by Hussain’s aspect, England continue to weren’t that very good. Pakistan obtained a measure of revenge for Karachi by mugging them in the closing session at Previous Trafford in 2001 – umpiring again in the highlight, as David Shepherd missed a series of no-balls. True to ’90s sort, the Ashes was a further no contest, but the summer’s highlight came at Headingley, wherever Mark Butcher’s renowned 173 not out gave England supporters one thing to cheer. And whilst we’re here, let’s zip ahead to the wintertime tour of New Zealand and a rollicking Test in Christchurch, which featured Nathan Astle’s supernova double-hundred as England just about clung on defending 550.
Gabba dabba you should not
Sorry Nasser, we have to go there. The phone to bowl initially in Brisbane at the start off of the 2002-03 Ashes has absent down as one of the good toss bloopers. “Seems to be a little bit in it,” Hussain mentioned, “I want to give our young bowling assault the very best chance of a bit of grass on the wicket and get into their batting early.” Australia ended working day one on 364 for 2, though England’s cause was not served by a shocking knee damage endured by Simon Jones – and some equally horrific catching. Following a 4-one defeat, Hussain soldiered on as a result of the Environment Cup till the summertime, ahead of handing around to Michael Vaughan – which historical past proved to be very perfectly judged.
But let’s conclude on a good observe, as Hussain did himself with a Frank Sinatra farewell at Lord’s: an unbeaten hundred, which bundled hitting the winning operates, in his closing Test innings. Now that would not have transpired in the ’90s.