Fleming hits unbeaten ton in tour opener

Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2001, 22:50 [IST]
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Brisbane: Skipper Stephen Fleming hit an unbeaten century to launch New Zealand's cricket tour of Australia in Brisbane on Tuesday.
 Fleming finished the opening day of the four-day game against the Queensland Academy of Sport 133 not out, steering the tourists to 297 for eight after it had been 83 for four. The 28-year-old Fleming has only scored two hundreds in his 60 Tests, but he looked at ease against the academy bowlers. The tourists arrived in Brisbane on Saturday with Fleming declaring that New Zealand's hopes of beating Australia rested heavily with the performances of its senior players. Opener Mark Richardson made 40, Craig McMillan 33 and Adam Parore notched up 22 to lend solid support to their skipper. Fleming wants to make a point in the four tour matches before the first Test against Australia in Brisbane on November 8. He proved that with 102 runs in boundaries during his 253-minute stay at the crease, punishing a young attack, which was on top early.

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