Honestly im appalled with the way people who have barely watched a ball during Hussain's reign treat him. Thrown into captaincy and then being booed off the balcony would have been enough for most, but to have managed to achieve so much with so little resources available is something that he deserves to be hailed for. Along with Duncan Fletcher not only picked England up from the floor and took them half way across the sky.
When Hussain came into captaincy the England team was completely disunited, most players didnt care much for the game other than what they got from it themselves. County cricket was even more of a disgrace with very few half decent players coming out of the system. The selection process was even more muddled. Without Hussain there would have been no central contracts and without Hussain there would probably not have been England's Ashes in 2005. For all that talk about Englands darkest era of the 90s, who was the one that pulled them out of it? It wasnt Michael Vaughan, nor Michael Atherton or Alec Stewart.
For those who actually watched Atherton captain rather than read his autobiography, comparing him to Hussain is an absolute disgrace. Atherton may have been nearly as good as Hussain was tactically, but no one was as bloody minded as Hussain and no one got more out of his players than Hussain. It was essentially the same core of players that Atherton had- Gough, Caddick, Ramprakash, Hussain, Atherton, Stewart, Thorpe all played under both, yet it was Hussain that managed to achieve far more success against all sides bar Australia. More importantly he won series away from home and was responsible for englands 4 consecutive test series winning streak. Referring to him as 'loser', 'defeatist' and a whole bunch of absolute codswallop is not just insulting its a complete lack of cricketing intelligence. Ive heard so many members on here deride Hussains decision to field first at Brisbane and then heard the same fools go on to rate Steve Waugh as though hes the best captain since brearly despite the fact that Steve Waugh himself said that he would have bowled first had he won the toss. England are still reaping all the benefits from the Hussain era, unfortunately too many of clowns on here seem to think that it has more to do with the talent coming in. By bringing a deal of candidness for the press and a whole lot of discipline and grit to the job Hussain accomplished more and is the best captain i have ever seen.