Stephen Fleming and Daniel Vettori relax after both making centuries on 21 December 2003 in a New Zealand test against Pakistan. Stephen Fleming captained the team. He had first been made captain in 1997, when young and inexperienced. Ten years later, when he stepped down as captain after 80 tests in charge, he was considered one of the best test captains in the world. A stylish batsman, Fleming made nine test centuries during his career, including three double centuries and another two scores over 150. He was an exceptional slip fieldsman who at retirement had taken the third most catches by a fieldsman in test cricket. He was also the first New Zealander to play more than 100 tests. Daniel Vettori succeeded Fleming as captain. A proficient left-handed batsman and a slow left-arm bowler, he is one of eight all-rounders to have scored 3,000 runs and taken 300 wickets in tests, and the only New Zealand bowler to take 12 wickets in a test on two occasions. His 361 test wickets is the second-highest haul by a New Zealander, behind only the great Richard Hadlee.
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