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Fleming concerned about his poor form

Published: Sunday, November 2, 2003, 22:02 [IST]
 
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Pune: New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming on Sunday said that he was truly concerned with poor form with the bat and was very frustrating. "It has been frustrating personally for me on this tour. Hopefully I will strike form in tomorrow's match which is very crucial to us", Fleming said prior to the crucial One-day tie against World champions Australia in the on-going TVS Cup Tri- nation cricket tournament.

Speaking about the match itself, Fleming, said "I am pretty nervous about the toss as the wicket is pretty heavy after the showers in the last couple of day". "The wicket looks pretty flat but we will decide about the playing eleven after taking a look at the wicket tomorrow. The outfield looks heavy so let up wait and see", he added.

When asked about the chances of beating the mighty Aussies on Monday, Fleming said, "If we can get a big score on the board, we can put pressure on the opposition and pull off a win". There was some cheer in Kiwi camp after their world-class all-rounder Chris Cairns was declared fit to play Monday's tie. "Chris Cairns is fully fit but Paul Hitchcock is ruled out of the match due to injury", confirmed Fleming. Paying rich compliments to Aussie opening batsmen Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden, Fleming said "they are very dangerous batsmen and can tear any bowling apart".

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