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Hadlee lashes out at Fleming in new book

July 26, 2009, 9:56 PM IST
Hadlee lashes out at Fleming in new book

Christchurch: Legendary all-rounder Richard Hadlee has lashed out at Stephen Fleming in his new book, accusing the former New Zealand captain of arm-twisting coaches and selectors to get things done.

In his book, Changing Pace: A Memoir, Hadlee said Fleming was influential to the point of rendering the coach redundant.

"If we selectors had a criticism, it was that at times Stephen tended to overshadow and almost downgraded the profile and role of the coach," Hadlee wrote in the book which hit the stands on Sunday.

According to Hadlee, Fleming relied heavily on Steve Rixon soon after becoming the coach, while Rixon's successors David Trist and Denis Aberhart were more than happy to take the backseat, The Sunday Star Times reported.

"Stephen, who was quite confident of his abilities as a captain at that stage of his career, gave me the impression that he was able to manipulate situations to his own advantage, especially with regards to selections and where he wanted to bat," Hadlee observed.

The former all-rounder felt Fleming had a "mixed" relationship with John Bracewell, who had a five-year stint with the team from 2003.

"They were both strong personalities with clear ideas about how to move the team forward. Initially, they developed a wonderful and successful relationship, but that may have soured towards the end of Stephen's career.

"Perhaps Stephen felt he was being undermined by Bracewell and the selectors. There was a huge shift from the selectors in terms of wanting more from the players in both personal and team performances," Hadlee said.

According to him, Fleming favoured some players ahead of others and pushed for their selection.

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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