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Nasser Hussein calls Warne a ‘nightmare’


Former English cricket captain Nasser Hussein called Shane Warne a “nightmare’ to play against, as tributes flowed for the late King of Spin at the MCG on Wednesday.
Former English cricket captain Nasser Hussein called Shane Warne a “nightmare’ to play against, as tributes flowed for the late King of Spin at the MCG on Wednesday.

Former English cricket captain Nasser Hussein called Shane Warne a “nightmare’ to play against, as tributes flowed for the late King of Spin at the MCG on Wednesday.

Hussein captained England from 1999 to 2003, and played 17 Ashes tests against Warne.

“I had no delight in playing against Shane,” Hussein said.

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“He was the king bowler … but also the great sledger, and he seemed to just wait for me to come out.”

Nasser Hussein joined other greats of the game to pay tribute to Shane Warne. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Ian Currie
Nasser Hussein joined other greats of the game to pay tribute to Shane Warne. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Ian Currie

Hussein recalled a finals match England was playing in Australia against the home team in 1999.

“He had been sledging me all day,” Hussein said.

“I’ve sledged him for some reason sating something like, ‘enjoy your last game as captain, Steve Waugh’s back next game, you’re never going to captain Australia again.”

“At the time it seemed a really good thing to do.”

The very next ball Warne drew Hussein off his crease and his wicket was tumbled by keeper, Adam Gilchrist.

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