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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 February 2007, 10:25 GMT
Fleming elated with Kiwi revival
Stephen Fleming
Fleming fell in the fourth over for nine in the final match
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming admitted his team's whitewash against Australia was immensely satisfying.

The Black Caps failed to make the CB Series finals after losing to England in the deciding qualifying match.

"It's been an amazing week for us," he said. "We came back from Australia and copped some criticism which was quite right, but it made us more determined.

"For cricket in this country and belief in our side for the World Cup, these games have done an amazing thing."

The New Zealanders have the chance to avenge that defeat against England when they face them again, along with minnows Canada and Kenya, in World Cup Group C in the Caribbean.

It shows we've got a little bit more to do before we get to the World Cup

Mike Hussey

"We now go to the West Indies with that belief, we know there's support out there and we'll give it our best shot," Fleming said.

Brendon McCullum, who led the Kiwis home with an unbeaten 86, enthused: "The Chappell-Hadlee Trophy is alive and well!"

He explained the theory behind the run chase, adding: "Macca [Craig McMillan] was hitting the ball so cleanly so we worked out we needed to score at five or six an over to get to 40 overs and leave ourselves 80 or 90.

"It worked to perfection, what a crowd and what a night!"

Mike Hussey, deputising for the resting Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist, continued his unfortunate record as captain.

Hussey captained the Australian for the first time against West Indies in Kuala Lumpur last year and suffered a three-wicket defeat, and now has four defeats out of four at the international helm.

"It shows we've got a little bit more to do before we get to the World Cup," said the left-hander, who was dismissed for 13 in the final match.

SEE ALSO
NZ complete whitewash of Aussies
20 Feb 07 |  Cricket
Australia in New Zealand 2007
03 Feb 07 |  Future tour dates


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