Fleming to bat aggressively Indians against in Tests, ODIs

Published: Tuesday, December 10, 2002, 20:34 [IST]
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Wellington: New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming said on Tuesday he planned to bat more aggressively in the upcoming Test and One-day series against India.

"I am not suddenly going to be full and free, but I do want to score quicker," Fleming said ahead of the opening Test against the tourists, starting at Basin Reserve here on Thursday. Saurav Ganguly's Indians will also play seven One-day Internationals against the hosts after a two-Test series. The New Zealand captain said he had decided to make some changes in his batting in order to regain flair. "I have not been hitting the ball well for 12 months and my game has always been based on timing, hitting the gaps in the field and scoring boundaries. I think I have lost that ability. "I have decided to make some changes and immediately it has given me the opportunity to access certain areas again," the 29-year-old New Zealand skipper was quoted as saying in a local daily on Tuesday. Fleming is one of the leading run-getters of New Zealand, having made 4,217 in 71 Tests with four hundreds and 33 half-centuries since making his debut in 1993-94 against India at Hamilton. The left-handed batsman said he believed the new batting approach would help him convert half-centuries into three-figure knocks. "I think it will give me the opportunity to score hundreds quicker," said Fleming, the most successful New Zealand captain with 17 wins in 47 Tests. "Everyone makes mistakes in an innings, but instead of getting that unplayable ball in the 70s or 80s I may be past 100. "It hasn't been so much tiredness that has let me down in the past, but if the bad ball comes along you want to smack it for four, a la (teammate) Nathan Astle. "He puts the loose ball away nine times out of 10. I haven't always been doing that because certain shots haven't been on for me."

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