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    May 25, 2004



    Nasser Hussain's match-winning century at Lord's against New Zelaand could trigger his retirement. While Hussain has given himself a couple of days to think about his future, there is a feeling that he has already hinted at what he'll do - retire. Hussain said that he didn't want to be the roadblock towards selecting a young chap who'd nearly scored two centuries in his first test. Strauss, who came in for an injured Vaughan, is certain to be included. Aside from Mark Butcher, all the other England batsmen contributed in either (or both) innings. Butcher has been among England's best batsmen over the last couple of years so it'll be tough on him if he were to be left out. Hussain's form has been dodgy of late and the century would have made sure that he wouldn't be dropped for the series.

    A similar situation occured a month or so ago when Ganguly returned from injury and Yuvraj had made a 50 and a sizzling century in the first two tests. Logic and consistent a selection policy demanded that Yuvraj, being Ganguly's replacement, had to give way. Yet Chopra was dropped to accomodate Yuvraj. I wonder what England's strategy will be. In my opinion, Strauss must be told that he won't play the next test when Vaughan returns and that he will play the moment Nasser Hussain retires.

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