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'Aussie form sends tremors all around'

PTI | ByGreg Buckle (Reuters), Adelaide
Nov 30, 2004 08:38 PM IST

Kiwi skipper Stephen Fleming believes Australia's superb form will send shockwaves around the cricket world.

New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming believes Australia's crushing victory in the two-Test series against the Kiwis will send shockwaves around the cricket world.

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"Every time they play this well it sends tremors around the world," Fleming told reporters.

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"There are teams like England who are licking their lips at the opportunity with the Ashes coming up (next year).

"They have played some good cricket and deserve to be full of anticipation.

"Teams are still measuring themselves against how well Australia are playing and improving the game, so it is a good thing.

"Some of their bowling during the Test matches was superb. It was like having three Richard Hadlee and the greatest leg spinner of all (Shane Warne).

"But at some stage there has to be a group of players out there who can match this side, or the age and attrition of this team will cause them to fall by the wayside.

"Then again it is the ability of the young players (like batsman Michael Clarke) they have coming through is quite daunting."

Fleming said England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff and fast bowler Steve Harmison had emerged as world-class cricketers.

"England are going to have to play extremely well if they are going to compete against Australia, but they do have the personnel to do that," Fleming said.

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