We are in no mood to relax, says skipper Fleming

Published: Saturday, January 4, 2003, 20:03 [IST]
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Queenstown: New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming said on Saturday his team was in no mood to relax despite wrapping up the One-day series against India.

"We are in no mood to let up," Fleming said after leading his team to a seven-wicket victory over India in the fourth One-day International for an unbeatable 4-0 lead in the seven-match series. New Zealand scored 123-3 in reply to India's 122. "We want to go to South Africa (for next month's World Cup) in good form. It's all about us at the moment. If we can keep India down and play as we have been doing, we'll be in good shape going to South Africa." New Zealand owed yet another win to its bowlers, especially seamer Andre Adams who grabbed 5-22 to return the second-best figures by a New Zealander in One-dayers after Scott Styris' 6-25 against the West Indies last year. Its batsmen, however, have been struggling for runs like their Indian counterparts in the ongoing series. "We're delighted with yet another win, but there's a funny sort of feeling in the dressing-room. It's pretty flat, to be honest," said Fleming. "You can't underestimate winning. I'm happy with the bowlers being in form than worrying about our batting unit. I think the batting will take care of itself in South Africa." Fleming said winning the One-day series against the tourists was important for his team ahead of the World Cup. "The series was very important as we were looking at what we wanted and what we need now. I was concerned there might be a let-up in intensity, for it was hard to keep the momentum going," Fleming said. The New Zealand captain said he was pleased to score runs after having struggled in the previous three matches. "I'm very pleased to spend some time in the middle," said Fleming, who scored an impressive 47 for his highest score in the current series. "I've a lot of work to do like other batsmen, but it's quite nice if you can spend more than an hour in the middle."

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