General News | 25th April 2007

Fleming steps back from NZ ODI captaincy

Stephen Fleming has resigned as captain of New Zealand’s one-day side after they were defeated in the World Cup semi-final by Sri Lanka.

But the 34-year-old isn’t thinking of retiring from international cricket any time soon, insisting he still wants to play in ODIs under the new skipper.

He said: “This was my last game as one-day captain, but I still want to captain the Test side. I’ve only just turned 34 and I think I've still got some good batting years ahead of me.

“I want to concentrate on that for a while, and put a lot of energy into our Test cricket. In some ways your energy levels are sapped when you captain the side, and I want to play with a fresh mind, and finish off my career with some stats that I think I’m worth.”

Fleming skippered New Zealand’s one-day side in 218 matches over the course of more than 10 years and added: “I have been contemplating this for some time having discussed it at length with my family, coach John Bracewell and manager Lindsay Crocker.

“The result had no bearing on my decision. I just wanted to wait until the end of the tournament so it did not become a distraction.

“It also feels like a good time for the one-day side to have a change of leadership. We are now starting a new four-year cycle and I think it's important that we get some fresh ideas and more enthusiasm.”

Fleming will be arriving at Trent Bridge to begin his 2007 season with Notts in time for the home Championship match against Essex, starting on May 23. 

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