Stephen Fleming

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Stephen Fleming
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Personal information
Full name Stephen Paul Fleming
Born (1973-04-01) 1 April 1973 (age 45)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Batting Left-handed batsman
Bowling Right-arm off break
Role Captain, Higher middle order batsman, Coach
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 188) 19 March 1994 v India
Last Test 22 March 2008 v England
ODI debut (cap 88) 25 March 1994 v India
Last ODI 24 April 2007 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no. 7
T20I debut (cap 3) 17 February 2005 v Australia
Last T20I 26 December 2007 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Years Team
2000–2009 Wellington
2005–2007 Nottinghamshire
2003 Yorkshire
2001 Middlesex
1991–2000 Canterbury
2008 Chennai Super Kings
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I List A
Matches 111 280 5 461
Runs scored 7,172 8,037 110 14,037
Batting average 40.06 32.40 22.00 35.09
100s/50s 9/46 8/49 0/0 22/86
Top score 274* 134* 38 139*
Balls bowled 29 - 35
Wickets 1 0 2
Bowling average 28.00 15.50
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/8 0/0 1/3
Catches/stumpings 171/– 133/– 2/– 226/–
Source: Cricinfo, 4 May 2017

Stephen Paul Fleming, ONZM (born 1 April 1973) is a former New Zealand cricketer, and captain of the New Zealand national cricket team in all three formats of the game.

Known for his astute tactical abilities, he is New Zealand's second-most capped Test player with 111 appearances, longest-serving and most successful captain,[1][2] having led the side to 28 victories and having won Test match series' against India, England, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

He is also the winning captain of the 2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy, which is New Zealand's only ICC trophy to win up to date.[3] Fleming captained New Zealand in the historic first Twenty20 International of the world, which was played against Australia in 2005 as well.[4]

He retired from international cricket on 26 March 2008. Fleming played in the 2008 Indian Premier League for the Chennai Super Kings after being signed for US$350,000 and became the team's coach from 2009.[5] In February 2015 he was signed as coach of the Melbourne Stars of the Big Bash League.[6] On January 19, 2018 he resumed his duties as head coach of the Chennai Super Kings in 2018 Indian Premier League season again, after the team was barred from playing in the tournament for two seasons. He coached the Rising Pune Supergiant during this time.[7]

Personal life

Fleming's birth was a result of a brief relationship between his mother Pauline Fleming and Gary Kirk. Pauline raised him as a single mother, and he did not meet his father until he was 16. Gary Kirk had always maintained a keen interest in his son's progress. Both Gary Kirk and Stephen Fleming played senior rugby and captained Cashmere High's first XV.[8]

On 9 May 2007, Fleming married his long-term partner Kelly Payne in a ceremony held in Wellington. The couple had a daughter Tayla born in 2006 and a son called Cooper in 2008.[9] He recently had to return to New Zealand just before the Semi Finals of the IPL tournament in India for the birth of his second child, Cooper. His father was President of the South Christchurch Cricket Club. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to cricket.[10]

Domestic career

Fleming has played county cricket in England for Middlesex, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. He captained Nottinghamshire to County Championship victory in 2005, their first Championship title in 18 years. (Richard Hadlee was their star then, narrowly missing the county 'double').

There was speculation in 2007 that he might join controversial Indian rebel Twenty20 league, the Indian Cricket League.[citation needed] However it turned out to be unfounded and he has since joined the 'official' Indian Twenty20 league, the Indian Premier League, and played for the Chennai Super Kings in the league's initial incarnation.

International career

A left-handed batsman, Fleming made his Test debut in March 1994 against India winning the Man of the Match award on debut after scoring 92. In 1995 he survived controversy when he was caught and admitted to smoking marijuana with teammates Matthew Hart and Dion Nash while on tour at their hotel.[11] In England's tour of New Zealand in 1996/97 he scored his maiden Test century in the First Test at Auckland. In the Third Test of the tour he took over the captaincy from Lee Germon becoming New Zealand's youngest captain at 23 years and 321 days.


He was particularly noted for his captaincy, having been praised from the likes of Shane Warne as the "best captain in world cricket"[12] and most recently, Graeme Swann who said that Fleming is one of the two true leaders that he's ever seen, alongside Andrew Strauss.[13]

Fleming became New Zealand's most successful captain in September 2000 with a victory over Zimbabwe. This was the 12th win under his captaincy overtaking Geoff Howarth. Fleming was regarded by some as an underperformer with the bat, with one of the worst 50 to 100 conversion ratios in world cricket. However, since the 2003 tour of Sri Lanka, Fleming started to gain form, with 274 not out against Sri Lanka – when he declared rather than staying to reach 300 which would have been a record in New Zealand cricket history.

Arguably Fleming's best ODI innings was his unbeaten 134 to help New Zealand beat hosts South Africa in the 2003 Cricket World Cup. Chasing a rain adjusted target of 229 off 39 overs, Fleming hit 134 off just 132 deliveries as New Zealand cruised to a 9-wicket victory over a team they had struggled against in the past.

Fleming adjusting the field at Nottinghamshire. Fleming was regarded as one of the world's best cricket captains.

In the second Test between New Zealand and South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town in April 2006, Fleming scored his 3rd Test double-century and became the first New Zealander to achieve this feat. Fleming scored 262 as he and Wellington teammate James Franklin put 256 runs for the 8th wicket, the highest partnership to date in Tests between New Zealand and South Africa. It is also a New Zealand record for the 8th wicket against any country.

On 25 October 2006, Fleming captained his country for the 194th time in an ODI – a world record, overtaking Arjuna Ranatunga. He played well throughout the 2007 World Cup scoring 353 runs at an average of 39.22 and was New Zealand's second highest run scorer in the tournament.He failed in the semi-final against Sri Lanka scoring just 1 off 4 balls as New Zealand went on to lose the match and crashed out of the tournament. On 24 April 2007, Fleming resigned as the ODI captain of the Blackcaps. The announcement was made in a post-match press conference held after the Semi-Final defeat to Sri Lanka in the 2007 Cricket World Cup.[14] After Fleming's last match as captain, Mahela Jayawardene added a tribute. "Stephen's been a great leader for New Zealand for some time, and you could learn a lot from him". Over a decade of leading the side he finished with 218 games, 98 wins, 106 losses.

As of April 2007, Fleming had captained New Zealand in 80 Test matches—a New Zealand record and the second highest number worldwide .[15] As a fielder, Fleming took over 170 catches giving him the 3rd highest Test aggregate for a non-wicketkeeper.[16]


In September 2007, Fleming was replaced by Daniel Vettori as the New Zealand Test captain. He also left English county Nottinghamshire after three years as captain. In February 2008 Fleming ended speculation and confirmed his retirement from the New Zealand team at the end of England's 2008 tour of New Zealand to spend more time with his family, and to play for the Indian Premier League.[2]

He played well in his final series, scoring 297 in six innings. In the first innings of the second test against England, he scored his 7000th run in his 110th match. In his final test at, Napier, he scored half-centuries in both innings to ensure that he finished with a Test match average of over 40 (40.06).

Playing style

Fleming was an elegant left handed batsman and played shots such as the flick off the pads, straight drive, cover drive and cut shots. He was also a clever captain and his field placings for many batsmen like Damien Martyn at point and aggressive captaincy made the opposition struggle for their runs. He was also a prolific slip catcher and fielded well in close-in positions.

After cricket

Indian Premier League

Fleming played for the Chennai Super Kings in the 2008 Indian Premier League after being signed for US$350,000. He played 10 matches and scored 196 runs at an average of 21.77 with a highest score of 45. He was appointed as Coach of the Chennai Super Kings in 2009 and retired as a player from the team. He has had a very successful stint with the team winning the IPL 2010, CLT20 2010 and IPL 2011. He coached Chennai Super Kings for 6 years before it got banned from IPL for two years according to the decision of Justice RM Lodha committee. In IPL 2016 he became the coach of Rising Pune Supergiants. In IPL 2018, he returned as Coach of Chennai Super Kings after the Two Years Suspension of Team by Justice RM Lodha Committee. The Chennai Super Kings also won the IPL 2018 with him coaching and managing a side with a good rapo between the Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni and him, accused by many of being too old for T20 format, to win critical moments and turning out some match winning performances from nealy improbable positions, by his own admission, with an highly intelligent and experienced team as vindicated by their clinical batting winning close games and picking/blocking bowlers at high pressure situations especially during run-chases.

Business interests

Fleming has since been involved in setting up CricHQ with the company's CEO Simon Baker and former New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum. Fleming is one of 160 investors and a director in the company. Having met Simon Baker with Brendon McCullum he commented that CricHQ "clicked with us both as a business and a means of giving back to the game that had given us so much'. The cricket competition management software and live scoring platform manages the administration of cricket test countries New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Zimbabwe with 49 of 105 national governing bodies also use its services from club level upwards. In June 2015 it raised US$10m from Singapore private equity firm Tembusu Partners to expand globally.[17]


International records

  • Second most capped ODI Captain (218 matches as of 24 April 2017) just behind Ricky Ponting[18]
  • The most catches in Tests by a fielder in a calendar year with 28 in 1997[19]
  • First batsman to score nervous 90 on ODI debut[20]
  • He holds the record for the highest batting strike rate in a test innings(281.81)[21]

National records

  • Most Test runs and matches by a New Zealander (7172 and 111)
  • Most ODI runs and matches by a New Zealander (8007 and 279)
  • Most catches by a New Zealander in Test and ODI cricket (171 and 132)
  • Most capped Test Captain for New Zealand (80 matches)
  • Most capped ODI Captain for New Zealand (218 matches)
An innings-by-innings breakdown of Fleming's Test match batting career, showing runs scored (red bars) and the average of the last ten innings (blue line).

International centuries

Test centuries

The following table illustrates a summary of the Test centuries scored by Stephen Fleming.

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out.
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of his career.
Stephen Fleming's Test Centuries[22]
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Start date Result
[1] 129 23  England New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 24 January 1997 Drawn
[2] 174* 35  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka R. Premadasa Stadium 27 May 1998 Won
[3] 105 63  Australia Australia Perth, Australia WACA Ground 30 November 2001 Drawn
[4] 130 70  West Indies Barbados Bridgetown, Barbados Kensington Oval 21 June 2002 Won
[5] 274* 74  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka P Sara Oval 25 April 2003 Drawn
[6] 192 78  Pakistan New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand Seddon Park 19 December 2003 Drawn
[7] 117 85  England United Kingdom Nottingham, England, United Kingdom Trent Bridge 10 June 2004 Lost
[8] 202 87  Bangladesh Bangladesh Chittagong, Bangladesh MA Aziz Stadium 26 October 2004 Won
[9] 262 101  South Africa South Africa Cape Town, South Africa Newlands Cricket Ground 27 April 2006 Drawn

ODI centuries

Stephen Fleming's One Day International Centuries[23]
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
[1] 106* 45  West Indies Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Queen's Park Oval 29 March 1996 Won
[2] 116* 76  Australia Australia Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 21 January 1998 Won
[3] 111* 81  Australia New Zealand Napier, New Zealand McLean Park 12 February 1998 Won
[4] 134* 192  South Africa South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa The Wanderers Stadium 16 February 2003 Won
[5] 115* 210  Pakistan New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand AMI Stadium 10 January 2004 Won
[6] 108 214  South Africa New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand AMI Stadium 17 February 2004 Won
[7] 106 267  England Australia Brisbane, Australia Brisbane Cricket Ground 6 February 2007 Lost
[8] 102* 275  Bangladesh Antigua and Barbuda North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda Sir Vivian Richards Stadium 2 April 2007 Won

International awards

One Day International Cricket

Man of the Match Awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 India McLean Park, Napier 16 February 1995 59* (60 balls: 5×4, 1×6)  New Zealand won by 5 wickets.[24]
2 Zimbabwe Basin Reserve, Wellington 31 January 1996 1 Ct. ; 70 (101 balls: 10×4)  New Zealand won by 6 wickets.[25]
3 West Indies Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain 29 March 1996 1 Ct. ; 106* (108 balls: 7×4, 1×6)  New Zealand won by 4 wickets.[26]
4 Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 21 January 1998 116* (122 balls: 8×4)  New Zealand won by 4 wickets.[27]
5 Australia McLean Park, Napier 12 February 1998 3 Ct. ; 111* (137 balls: 5×4)  New Zealand won by 7 wickets.[28]
6 Zimbabwe Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka 24 October 1998 96 (130 balls: 3×4, 1×6)  New Zealand won by 5 wickets.[29]
7 West Indies McLean Park, Napier 6 January 1999 66* (100 balls: 5×4)  New Zealand won by 4 wickets.[30]
8 India Seddon Park, Hamilton 14 January 2003 3 ct. ; 60* (92 balls: 8×4)  New Zealand won by 6 wickets.[31]
9 South Africa New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 16 February 2003 134* (132 balls: 21×4)  New Zealand won by 9 wickets (D/L).[32]
10 Pakistan Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla 23 May 2003 65 (111 balls: 5×4, 3×6)  New Zealand won by 4 wickets.[33]
11 Pakistan AMI Stadium, Christchurch 10 January 2004 2 ct. ; 115* (135 balls: 13×4)  New Zealand won by 7 wickets.[34]
12 South Africa AMI Stadium, Christchurch 17 January 2004 108 (115 balls: 10×4, 2×6)  New Zealand won by 5 wickets.[35]
13 England County Ground, Bristol 4 July 2004 99 (126 balls: 10×4, 1×6)  New Zealand won by 6 wickets.[36]
14 Sri Lanka Eden Park, Auckland 26 December 2004 77* (92 balls: 8×4, 2×6)  New Zealand won by 7 wickets.[37]
15 South Africa Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai 16 October 2006 89 (112 balls: 11×4); 1 ct.  New Zealand won by 87 runs.[38]
16 Pakistan PCA IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali 25 October 2006 80 (105 balls: 8×4, 1×6); 2 ct.  New Zealand won by 51 runs.[39]


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Kiwi for Class [1]

External links

  • Stephen Fleming on Twitter
  • Stephen Fleming at ESPNcricinfo
  • Stephen Fleming at CricketArchive (subscription required)
  • Siddhartha Vaidyanathan in Mohali (24 October 2006). "Champions Trophy 2006: 'My style of captaincy has gone 360 degrees' - Fleming". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Lee Germon
New Zealand national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Daniel Vettori
Preceded by
Kepler Wessels
Chennai Super Kings Coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Greg Shipperd
Melbourne Stars Coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jason Gallian
Nottinghamshire County cricket captain
Succeeded by
Chris Read
  1. ^ "Kiwi for Class".
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