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Anderson trolls Hussain with picture of infamous 2002 Ashes toss

Anderson Hussain
by Wisden Staff 1 minute read

James Anderson reignited memories of Nasser Hussain‘s regrettable decision in the 2002 Gabba Test by tweeting a picture of the coin toss, which Hussain called correctly and infamously decided to field first.

Hussain wouldn’t have imagined that the toss incident would come back to bite him 18 years later, when he tweeted a question out last week seeking suggestions for a list of his “Top 10 moments” for Sky Sports Cricket from 1990-2020.

Hussain made England’s 2019 World Cup win an automatic choice, asking followers to help him list down eight more.

Sky Sports Cricket gave their own suggestion, posting a picture of Hussain’s famous three-finger salute at Lord’s from the NatWest final in 2002, leaving the former England captain with eight more places to fill. It was then that Anderson cheekily reminded Hussain of another incident from later that year.

Replying to the thread, Anderson tweeted out the toss picture with a question mark, wondering whether it would make it to Hussain’s list.

In good spirit, Hussain responded with a video of Anderson and Graeme Swann enacting a parody of the toss, with Anderson mimicking the English captain and Swann acting as broadcaster Ian Chappell. “I still think this is a better version of that fateful morning,” Hussain wrote.

Hussain’s decision to field first backfired colossally, as Australia stacked up 364-2 on the opening day of the first Test. The series ended with a 4-1 win for the hosts.

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