On Tue, 13 Aug 2002 16:00:17 +1200, "Phil Wise"
>> Atherton did a longish interview with him for C4 just before this
>> Test, which was broadcast during a lunch interval (I forget which
>> day), in which Hussain made it fairly clear that he thinks it unlikely
>> that he'll be able to carry on as captain after next season (ie not
>> after the WC, but in just over a year from now). He was basically
>> saying that there are only so many bad sessions, disappointing losses,
>> or things you wish you'd done another way that you can take, and that
>> he thinks there's only about another year of them left in him.
>Interesting. I wonder what NH's view of Stephen Fleming's survival is.
>Both have certainly gone through some hard times in charge. But if you'd
>asked me to guess, I'd have suggested that Nasser's more of a survivor. His
>demenor at the crease is certainly "harder" than Flem's. But Flem's been
>captaining the team since about 1996, and doesn't seem ready to give it away
>Are the pressures (with the greater population, the gutter press etc)
>significantly greater on Nasser, or are they just different personalities,
>do you think? Will Nasser keep playing, or is he looking to give the game
>away at that point?
I think they're different personalities. I doubt Fleming has watched
his best cricketing buddy go through the traumas of the messy divorce
that Thorpe's involved in, and all the issues about what's more
important, family or cricket, and that's certainly a difference
between them. After all, Hussain's now 34 and has a young child, so
his priorities and career expectancy are rather different as well.
He was fairly cagey about whether he would carry on playing after
standing down from the captaincy, mainly because I don't think he
knows. My guess is that he will decide whether or not he believes
himself still to be good enough to play to the standards he currently
requires of his players, and if he doesn't think he is, he'll retire,
but otherwise he'll carry on. I'm pretty sure that he won't stand upon
the order of his going when he thinks the tank is empty, but he's not
going to make any decisions until the time comes when he has to.