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Hussain Out

by | 29th, July 2003

‘NASSER Hussain is ‘Retired Hurt’. That’s the headline news in the Mirror, detailing the story that the Essex player is no longer captain of England’s Test cricket team.

Down and out

In an emotional interview, Hussain says that he ‘wasn’t quite on the boil anymore’.

He goes on: ‘Michael Vaughan has shown that he is a very capable leader and that’s what I have been waiting for.’ So Vaughan is the new skipper.

Hussain sounds like a father figure handing over the keys to the family business to his son. He also sounds like a man who was wanting out for a while.

Elsewhere, Chelsea are still flashing their wad around. The latest player to be linked with the club is Samuel Et’o. Not exactly a household name in his own household, Et’o is said by the Sun to be a striker rated at £15m.

Of course, Chelsea might not get the Real Mallorca player. And one page inside the Sun, they might not get Roma’s Brazilian Emerson either.

Or Veron, who the Star says might be going to Stamford Bridge; and might not.

While the Express reports that Manu Petit is out of the door at Chelsea, lined up with a move to Spurs, Frank Lampard is telling the Mail that the ‘spending spree’ at Chelsea is unsettling the team.

In among all this football talk, the Express notices Tim Henman. Tim has escaped the box he’s kept in for all but the Wimbledon fortnight and has been spotted at large in America.

The heading is unequivocal: ‘Tim’s out to conquer US.’ Have the Henmaniacs banded into a small but potent army, clad in the uniform of ‘Go Timmy T-shirts’ and chanting ‘Tim-my’ as they march?

That’s for the future. For now, Tim’s just gearing up for his ‘assault’ on the Legg Mason Classic title. It’s a warm-up for the US Open.

‘I always think I’ve underachieved somewhat at the US Open,’ says Tim, who has never made it beyond the fourth round. ‘That’s something I would dearly love to put right.’

And here’s his chance. Of course, with the blanket coverage of football, we’ll probably never find out if he wins or not…



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