Fleming praises team after win

New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming has praised his side after their 10 wicket win over Australia, whilst hitting out at criticisms over his captaincy from certain sections of the media.

“They (Australia) tried to be aggressive but we didn’t let them do that,” Fleming said.

“We hit the spot time after time. All we can do is do our job and we did it extremely well.”

However, Fleming said the job was only half done and that the win would mean nothing if they could not back it up in the remaining two matches of the Chappell-Hadlee series in Auckland and Hamilton.

Fleming also dismissed suggestions that he should be replaced as captain, particularly from former New Zealand wicketkeeper Adam Parore who had said “Fleming has been there too long,” during the week.

“It’s a fickle business. I reckon there have been times when I’ve captained the side very poorly, but we’ve won and nothing’s been said. On the other hand, there’s been times when I’ve been at my best and we’ve lost, and it snowballs into a huge problem,” Fleming said.

“That can be a little bit draining, but it’s part and parcel of being New Zealand captain when you’re not performing well. When you lose you’re torn apart.”

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