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Fleming ousted as Test captain

September 12, 2007, 1:31 PM IST
Fleming ousted as Test captain

Wellington: Stephen Fleming was replaced by Daniel Vettori as New Zealand's Test cricket captain on Wednesday, simultaneously announcing his retirement from limited overs internationals.

All-rounder Vettori will now captain the New Zealand Test, One-Day and Twenty20 teams, ending Fleming's 10-year captaincy reign.

"The selectors are looking to the future and have recommended that Daniel assume captaincy of the Test team as well as the One-Day team," New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan said from South Africa.

"Daniel has demonstrated real leadership during his time with the (New Zealand team) and through his occasional performances as One-Day captain, has shown he is ready to take over captaincy in all forms of the game," Vaughan said.

Fleming, who had previously been replaced by Vettori as captain of the New Zealand limited-overs team, immediately announced his intention to retire from One-Day play.

"I am fully committed to the (New Zealand team) and New Zealand Cricket, but feel that the time is right for me to retire from the One-Day game," Fleming said from England, where he is playing county cricket.

"While I would have wished to remain captain of the Test team, I can also understand why the selectors prefer to have a single captain for the Test, One-Day and Twenty20 teams," he added.

"I hold Daniel Vettori in high regard and will support him fully in his transition as Test captain."

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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