Nasser's career graph

Born: March 28, 1968. Birthplace: Madras, India. Tests: 84. Total runs: 4904. Average: 33.36. Highest score: 207. Centuries: 12. Half centuries: 27. 1987: Essex debut.

1990: Selected for England tour to West Indies ahead of another emerging young batsman, Michael Atherton. Played both innings of fifth Test in Antigua with broken wrist and misses most of the next season with the injury.


1993: Earns England recall for last four Tests of Ashes series.

1996: Recalled to full England side after three-year absence and scores first Test century in his first match back at Edgbaston and follows up with another hundred at Trent Bridge as England win series. Chosen ahead of Alec Stewart as vice-captain for England's tour to Zimbabwe and New Zealand.

1997: Hits career-best 207 against Australia at Edgbaston to help England win the first Test.

1998: Struggles during West Indies series until century in the final Test in Antigua as England lose series 3-1. Announces his desire to captain England after Atherton steps down but Alec Stewart is appointed instead.

1998-99: Is England's most successful batsman in Ashes series defeat in Australia, second in batting averages (45.22), top in aggregate runs (407).

1999: April — appointed Essex captain. May — Tops the England batting averages during their disappointing World Cup campaign. June 24 — Appointed England captain but cannot prevent his side losing their four-match Test series with New Zealand 2-1.

1999-2000: Enjoyed a highly successful tour of South Africa on a personal front, even though his side were beaten in the Test series. Hussain scored 370 runs at 61.66.

2000: Hands over Essex captaincy. Leads England to first series victory over West Indies on home soil since 1969. Secured a 1-0 series win over Pakistan in Karachi, becoming the first foreign captain to triumph in the National Stadium, in December.

2001: Breaks thumbs in first Test of drawn series with Pakistan and misses next match and the triangular one-day series. Returns for first Test against Australia but breaks a finger and misses next two matches. Hits 46 and 55 in fourth Test win at Headingley but England lose Ashes 4-1.

2002: Awarded OBE in New Year's Honours List.

2002-3: Leads England's disastrous tour of Australia. England are completely outplayed, suffering a 4-1 thrashing in the Ashes series and enjoying little more luck in their one-day international outings. March 4: England bow out of the World Cup and Hussain announces he is quitting as one-day captain, although he wants to continue as Test skipper.

July 28: Steps down as England Test captain with Michael Vaughan taking over.