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Fleming stands by decision

Source - sportal.co.nz

Former one-day skipper Stephen Fleming believes his decision to remain as New Zealand Test captain will benefit the Black Caps.

The veteran Nottinghamshire left-hander stepped down as the Black Caps one-day captain after Tuesday's 81-run humbling by Sri Lanka in the World Cup semi-finals.

But the 34-year-old, who first captained the Black Caps at one-day level in 1996, confirmed he will remain as New Zealand Test captain and still wants to play under a new skipper in the shorter version of the game.

"I've thought long and hard about it and I'm positive that in some ways it is the right way to do it," Fleming told The Dominion Post after ending his record 218 game spell as one-day skipper.


"The guy who takes over the one-day reins has a chance to work on that before taking on the Test reins if that is what New Zealand Cricket wants, rather than putting him in the deep end."

"In the past we've lost players and captains suddenly and people have been dropped in the deep end so if it's a gradual process I can see nothing but positives."

Fleming expects vice-captain Daniel Vettori to succeed him, while also advocating the retention of coach Black Caps John Bracewell.

"I think if you look at the way we've groomed Vettori for this tournament, he'll certainly come into discussions," added Fleming.

"It's probably a bit presumptuous to recommend Daniel, but he's done a fine job up to this point, and it's just up to the direction that New Zealand Cricket want to take.

"I also think John should stay on. I think he is a fine coach, he has worked well with this side and he's obviously disappointed we didn't make the final but we all agree there is work to be done."

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