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Last Updated: Saturday, 10 July, 2004, 20:25 GMT 21:25 UK
Fleming praises NZ comeback
Fleming was named man of the series

New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming was delighted to end the tour of England with triumph in the NatWest Series after a 3-0 Test whitewash.

"It was a tour of two halves - the first half was pretty forgettable but we were outplayed," he said.

"In the second part we've come back strong and shown that our one-day cricket is really on the improve."

"It was a frustrating day in terms of weather and entertainment but a pretty clinical performance in the end."

Fleming was named man of the series after hitting 254 runs at an average of 50.80, including a vital 67 in the final.

"It started well and that was the way it went until the last 10 overs of our innings when we felt a little nervous of being 15 to 20 runs short," he admitted.

Daniel Vettori was named man of the match and was thrilled by his first five-wicket haul in one-day internationals, which saw West Indies bowled out 107 runs short.

"It was a wicket that suited me and I thought Chris Harris and I did a really good job through the middle," he said.

Harris claimed his 200th one-day international wicket and finished with figures of 1-45.


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