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Fleming ousted as NZ's Test captain

Vettori will now captain the New Zealand Test, one-day and Twenty20 teams, ending Fleming's 10-year captaincy.

cricket Updated: Sep 12, 2007 18:17 IST

Stephen Fleming was replaced by Daniel Vettori as New Zealand's Test cricket captain on Wednesday, simultaneously announcing his retirement from limited overs internationals.

All rounder Vettori will now captain the New Zealand Test, one-day and Twenty20 teams, ending Fleming's 10-year captaincy reign.

"The selectors are looking to the future and have recommended that Daniel assume captaincy of the Test team as well as the one-day team," New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan said from South Africa.

"Daniel has demonstrated real leadership during his time with the (New Zealand team) and through his occasional performances as one-day captain, has shown he is ready to take over captaincy...In all forms of the game," Vaughan said.

Fleming, who had previously been replaced by Vettori as captain of the New Zealand limited-overs team, immediately announced his intention to retire from one-day play.

"I am fully committed to the (New Zealand team) and New Zealand Cricket, but feel that the time is right for me to retire from the one-day game," Fleming said from England, where he is playing county cricket.

"While I would have wished to remain captain of the Test team, I can also understand why the selectors prefer to have a single captain for the Test, one-day and Twenty20 teams," he added.

"I hold Daniel Vettori in high regard and will support him fully in his transition as Test captain.