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Censure gives Kiwis chance to cheer

The New Zealand players are prepared to prove a point and appeal at every opportunity in the dead rubber one-dayer against Pakistan.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2004 01:59 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

The New Zealand players are prepared to prove a point and appeal at every opportunity in the dead rubber one-day international against Pakistanon Saturday after pace bowler Kyle Mills was cited for excessive appealing in the previous match.

With New Zealand 3-1 up with one match to play in the series there is little at stake except for pride and in the words of captain Stephen Fleming, a need to show the "importance of appealing properly".

Mills received a censure but escaped the maximum penalty of being fined half his match fee for breaching cricket's code of conduct by celebrating his dismissal of Pakistan batsman Salim Elahi in the previous game without checking to see if the umpire had given the caught behind decision.

The International Cricket Council is aiming to stamp out the practice, on the grounds that an assumption of success places umpires under unfair pressure.

Fleming was all for the protection of umpires and said his team would play to the letter in the fifth and final one-dayer.,

"We're all aware now of the importance of appealing properly," Fleming said.

"The way we'll approach it is just appeal for everything, and in a way that's encouraging more and more appealing.

"While it may seem a little bit obvious at times, we'll go through what we have to if it's going to clean up the game a little bit more."

Fleming has also appealed to his own players not to be lulled by a false sense of comfort in having already won the series, although he said it was hard to motivate the troops for a meaningless match.

But he said it was up to individuals to seek glory.

"I want to finish the series well, Scott Styris would like another 100, Chris Cairns showed glimpses of form, Craig Cumming -- we've all got things to prove."

Fleming has scored 232 from four innings at 77.33, while Styris has been largely anonymous since his match-winning 100 in the first game, Cairns who was the world's top rated all-rounder two years ago, has had a disappointing series and the jury is out on whether Cumming is of international class.

There is always the mystery factor with Pakistan as to what mood they will turn up in for their six-week tour finale.

Having won the test series with some unstoppable spells of pace from Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami, then produced a slick all-round display in the second one-day match, their last two performances have been poor and coach Javed Miandad has struggled to explain the reason for this.

New Zealand: Stephen Fleming (captain), Craig Cumming, Hamish Marshall, Scott Styris, Craig McMillan, Chris Cairns, Jacob Oram, Brendon McCullum, Andre Adams, Daniel Vettori, Kyle Mills.

Pakistan (from): Inzamam-ul-Haq (captain), Imran Farhat, Yasir Hameed, Salim Elahi, Yousuf Youhana, Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Moin Khan, Azhar Mahmood, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami, Shabbir Ahmed, Younis Khan, Danish Kaneria, Umar Gul.

First Published: Jan 16, 2004 12:03 IST