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Kiwis to play both spinners

Stephen Fleming said he would play both the spinners against India 'A' in their three-day match starting on Thursday.

india Updated: Oct 01, 2003 19:40 IST

New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming said he would play both the spinners -- left arm spinner Daniel Vettori and off-spinner Paul Wiseman -- against India 'A' in their three-day cricket match starting here tomorrow.

Fleming told reporters after the net practice here that the team management was yet to finalise the playing XI but said the team would go into the crucial tie, before the first Test match at Ahmedabad (October 8-12), with their front rank bowlers including seamers Jacob Oram and Daryl Tuffey.

"Tomorrow's game is pretty important for us as our batsmen did not get to bat in the previous tie at Visakhapatnam and we want to make up for the lost time," Fleming said.

"We want our boys to have a good batting time in the middle in these hot and humid conditions. At the same time we want to try out the best bowling combination before the Ahmedabad Test," Fleming said.

Praising the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) for providing world class facilities before the match, Fleming said "the people over here are very friendly and we are enjoying our stay. We want to experience different culture and enjoy it thoroughly during our stay in India".

Speaking about his team's performance in recent times, Fleming said, "this team has done very well during our overseas tours since last 18 months and I am confident that they will continue to do so".

First Published: Oct 01, 2003 19:37 IST