'Kiwis need heroes to save second Test'

Published on Nov 28, 2004 05:42 PM IST

The Kiwi skipper Stephen Fleming has called on his side to produce "a couple of heroes" if defeat is to be avoided in the final Test.

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PTI | ByGreg Buckle (Reuters), Adelaide (australia)

New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming has called on his side to produce "a couple of heroes" if defeat is to be avoided in the second and final Test against Australia.

New Zealand slumped to 251 all out in reply to Australia's first innings of 575 for eight declared before trailing by 381 runs after the third day at Adelaide Oval.

"It's another disappointing day on this tour," Fleming told a news conference after Australia had reached the close on 57 without loss in their second innings.

"The lengths they bowled today were outstanding but that is what we have come to expect.

"I guess they (Australia) will bat to somewhere around lunch on the fourth day.

"Shane (Warne) will always turn it so it is going to be tricky but certainly something can be achieved if there are a couple of heroes on our side."

Australia, Test cricket's top-ranked side, lead the two-match series 1-0 after winning in Brisbane by an innings and 156 runs.

New Zealand's cause was not helped on day three when batsman Scott Styris, suffering an ear infection, was unable to bat until the fall of the eighth wicket. He hit a quickfire 28.

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