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Fleming - the sixth Captain to make 300-plus in a Test match
by Rajesh Kumar


Scorecard:Sri Lanka v New Zealand
Player:SP Fleming

Stephen Fleming, during his second innings knock of 69 not out against Sri Lanka at Colombo,PSS on April 29, became the sixth captain in the history of Test Cricket to have recorded 300-plus runs in a Test match.

In the first innings, Fleming had posted a career best score 274 not out. His Test aggregate of 343 (274 not out + 69 not out) is now the third best in the history of Test Cricket. Fleming also joined England's Graham Gooch (333 + 123 vs.India at Lord's in 1990), Australia's Mark Taylor (334 not out + 92 against Pakistan at Peshawar in 1998-99 and India's Sunil Gavaskar (205 + 73 vs. West Indies at Bombay in 1978-79) to have scored a 200-plus as well as a 50-plus in the same Test match as Captain.

During the course of his second innings knock of 69 not out, Fleming also established a New Zealand record for most runs in a Test match, surpassing Martin Crowe's aggregate of 329 (30 + 299) against Sri Lanka at Wellington in 1990-91.

Amongst the batsmen with 300-plus runs in a Test match, Fleming is now the only one to have remained unbeaten in both innings of the Test.

The captains, with most runs in a Test match are:

Total  Scores       Captain           For        Vs.      Venue       Season

 

456 333 + 123 Graham Gooch England India Lord's 1990 426 334*+ 92* Mark Taylor Australia Pakistan Peshawar 1998-99 343 274*+ 69* Stephen Fleming N.Zealand S.Lanka Colombo,PSS 2002-03 329 30 + 299 Martin Crowe N.Zealand Sri Lanka Wellington 1990-91 315 311 + 4* Bobby Simpson Australia England Manchester 1964 315 30 + 285* Peter May England W.Indies Birmingham 1987

(Article: Copyright © 2003 Rajesh Kumar)

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