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I put my foot through a dressing room fridge: Hussain reveals Pindi ODI incident

Renowned England commentator was captain of the national side during that match

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Former England captain Nasser Hussain, who is now a renowned commentator, has opened up on an incident that took place during the third One-day International (ODI) of his side’s tour of Pakistan in 2000 at Rawalpindi.

While talking to Daily Mail, Hussain revealed that he was disappointed after being wrong adjudged leg-before-wicket (LBW) on the bowling of Pakistan’s legendary pacer Wasim Akram.  

“I seemed to cop a few bad ones but I also got away with a lot. You always remember the bad ones, like the Wasim Akram lbw that pitched way outside leg-stump in Rawalpindi — I put my foot through a dressing room fridge afterwards!” said Hussain.  

“But if I’d been given out by Darrell Hair when I gloved one from Javagal Srinath during my first Test hundred, I might not have had an England career. It all evens itself up,” he added.

Hussain named Australia’s Brett Lee, South Africa’s Allan Donald and Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar while speaking about the fastest bowlers he ever faced.     

“Brett Lee, especially on a quick pitch at the WACA, was frightening. Allan Donald when he was raw just ran up and hurled it without knowing where it was going, and something would click with Shoaib Akhtar and he would suddenly go from 90mph to 97mph,” he said.

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Hussain also compared the depth and quality of international bowlers, when he played in the 1990s to the current crop.

“I never like saying it was better in my day, but I’m pleased I played in the era of some of the all-time greats like Warne, McGrath, Wasim, Waqar, Donald, Pollock, Walsh, Ambrose and Murali. There’s no question the quality went down but it’s coming back now through people like Archer and Rabada,” he said.