Stephen Fleming      

Full name Stephen Paul Fleming

Born April 1, 1973, Christchurch, Canterbury

Current age 45 years 81 days

Major teams New Zealand, Canterbury, Chennai Super Kings, ICC World XI, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Wellington, Yorkshire

Playing role Top-order batsman

Batting style Left-hand bat

Stephen Paul Fleming
Best Performances
    Fleming, 22, is at the centre of a day of firsts for New Zealand. West Indies set the visitors a gettable target of 239, and when New Zealand fall to 71 for 4 somebody has to step up. Fleming does, pacing his innings beautifully against an attack boasting Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh and Ian Bishop, finishing unbeaten on 106 and striking the winning runs with one ball to spare. It is his first ODI century, the first by a New Zealander against West Indies, and New Zealand's first ODI win in the Caribbean.
    Another New Zealand chase, another superbly paced Fleming century. New Zealand's only win on this tour of Australia comes as they overhaul the hosts' 251 at the MCG. An under-strength Australia attack still manages to have New Zealand at 42 for 3 and by that stage the bookmakers have the visitors at 20 to 1. Things don't improved much as they stroll past 100 in the 30th over, but Fleming gradually eats away at the target - he only hits eight fours in the innings - and finishes unbeaten on 116. It is one of many big knocks Fleming would play in come-from-behind victories.
    Before the match, Fleming has been continuously accused of lacking concentration as he tries to build big scores. That trend looks set to continue when he absentmindedly strolls to the crease without his box and has to rush back to retrieve it. A lazy shot brings his dismissal for 78, but in the second innings he displays a rarely-seen resolve, batting for nearly eight hours and setting up a 167-run victory. It is Fleming's second Test century, and New Zealand hope it would be his career's turning point. As it turns out, Fleming doesn't reach triple-figures again in a Test for nearly four years.
    This is a match New Zealand simply have to win. They have lost their World Cup opener to Sri Lanka and are about to give up a forfeit to Kenya because of security concerns. Another loss and they might not reach the Super Sixes. The home side piles on 306, but Fleming does not giving in. Wisden calls what follows an innings of "graceful power" - a 134 out of a D/L-shortened target of 229. After rain and electrical failure shorten the match, he guides New Zealand to their revised target with a four off Allan Donald. It is Fleming's fourth century in 192 ODIs, and it gives his team their first limited-overs win over South Africa.
    Fleming's tenacious performance in this match makes it hard to believe he was ever accused of lacking concentration. He bats for nearly 11 hours to register an unbeaten 274 - easily his highest in Tests - and his selfless declaration leaves the door open for a result. But Sri Lanka negate the danger well, batting long enough to ensure a draw becomes inevitable. Fleming adds 69 not out in the second innings, and is on the field in searing heat for all but the first 44 minutes of the match.
    As if to prove his effort against Sri Lanka is no fluke, Fleming digs in for another lengthy stay nine months later. This time he falls short of a double-century, but his 192 in 479 minutes sets up a New Zealand total of 563, batting first against Pakistan. Things don't go so well in the second innings when he fails to score and his side make 96 for 8. But rain steals enough overs to ensure a draw.
    With his side down 1-0, Fleming loses the toss in the second Test and New Zealand are sent in on a dreary day. James Franklin makes his maiden century, but Fleming is the star, racking up 262 and becoming the first New Zealander to score three Test double-centuries. He bats positively - his strike rate is 61 - but the home side's hefty reply is slower and the match peters out to a draw.