Friday, March 21, 2008

Fleming career strewn with "what if" questions

Although Stephen Fleming will end his career as New Zealand's most successful captain and highest run scorer, his career resume will still be littered with "what if" questions.

What if the 34-year-old former captain had converted more of his 44 test half centuries into centuries?

What if New Zealand had won just one of the three World Cup semi-finals in which he was captain? What if he had had a fully fit Chris Cairns or Shane Bond available to him for sustained periods throughout their injury-plagued test careers?

"I will have a lot of regrets, but most of them are statistical and they don't really mean anything,"
the left-handed batsman told reporters ahead of his final match, the third test against England at McLean Park.

"You can bust your gut and get wound up about statistical goals that you deem are important but I don't think they are.

"I've not tried to be the player that achieves statistically great things. It's probably left me a bit short, but at times it has given me great exhilaration and great reward."

Fleming, however, admitted statistics had been driving him heading into the three-test series against England.

He wanted to pass 7,000 test runs, which he did in Wellington.

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