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Tuesday, 25 June, 2002, 10:10 GMT 11:10 UK
Kiwi cricket highs
Kiwi cheer
New Zealand celebrate success at Lord's
Stephen Fleming's place in New Zealand cricket history was already assured before Monday's first-ever Test win in the Caribbean.

Fleming captained a New Zealand side to their first win at Lord's in 1999 when they beat England by nine wickets.

It was a success that paved the way for their second Test series win in the Mother Country.

Now Fleming stands on the threshold of another landmark if his side can clinch the series in the West Indies.

New Zealand cricket has come a long way since the days of Walter Hadlee when the England cricket authorities considered them such inferior opposition they would only deign to play three-day Tests.

It took New Zealand 45 attempts before they won a Test which came when a West Indies side containing Sobers, Weekes, Roberts, Valentine and Ramadhin, was beaten by nine wickets at Wellington's Basin Reserve in 1956

Stephen Fleming
Stephen Fleming set to be New Zealand's most successful captain

Thirteen years later Graham Dowling captained New Zealand to their first ever Test series victory, which came on the dustbowls in Pakistan in 1969-70.

Victory in Lahore was enough to pinch the three-match series.

Jeremy Coney enjoyed two of the most notable successes by a New Zealand captain when he led his side to series win in England and Australia within the space of 18 months.

England were beaten 1-0 in 1985 with Richard Hadlee enjoying an emotional 'homecoming' at Trent Bridge taking 10-140 as New Zealand triumphed by eight wickets.

New Zealand and England have one major trait in common - namely a bitter rivalry with Australia.

Victory over their cousins from across the Tasman took a long time in coming, but when Coney beat Allan Border's side of 1985-86, it was a sweet moment made all the sweeter as success came on Aussie soil.

Sir Richard Hadlee
Sir Richard Hadlee takes his 400th Test wicket

Border's side was in transition following Ashes defeat to England, and Coney's talented team were too powerful with Martin Crowe averaging 77 and Hadlee taking 33 wickets, including nine in an innings at the Gabba.

Hadlee is without doubt the name that dominates New Zealand cricket.

Knighted in 1990 months after becoming the first man to take 400 wickets - achieved when he dismissed Sanjay Manjrekar in Christchurch - he lifted his total to 431 before retiring aptly enough by taking a wicket with his last ball in Test cricket.

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