Stephen Fleming has led New Zealand for 60 consecutive Tests since 1999 © Getty Images

When Stephen Fleming became the youngest captain of New Zealand at 23 years and 320 days because Lee Germon had injured his groin ahead of the Christchurch Test against England in February 1997, he could have scarcely imagined that nine years later, he would be still leading New Zealand in his 100th Test.

In sheer number of Tests as captain, Fleming's 75 is second only to Allan Border's 93. Of his other contemporaries, Graeme Smith is closest with 37 Tests. Fleming's streak of 60 Tests as captain since the Birmingham Test in July 1999 is the second-longest consecutive streak for a captain. Border again holds pride of place with all his 93 Tests as leader occurring without interruption. The following table lists the highest percentages of matches as captain for players.

Highest % of matches as captain (min. 30 Tests as captain)
Player Total matches Matches as captain Percentage
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi 46 40 86.95
Graeme Smith 45 37 82.22
Mike Brearley 39 31 79.48
Hansie Cronje 68 53 77.94
Stephen Fleming 99 75 75.75

Fleming is by far New Zealand's most experienced and successful captain. His win-loss record is 27-24 with 24 draws. John Reid and Geoff Howarth are second and third in terms of experience with 34 and 30 Tests respectively.

New Zealand captains
Captain Matches Won Lost Drawn
Stephen Fleming 75 27 24 24
John Reid 34 3 18 13
Geoff Howarth 30 11 7 12
Graham Dowling 19 4 7 8
Ken Rutherford 18 2 11 5

As a batsman, Fleming hasn't turned many heads. Although he has 6194 Test runs - the most by a New Zealand batsman - he averages only 39.20. Because conditions in New Zealand are quite heavily tilted in the bowler's favour, Fleming's away performances overshadow his exploits at home. He averages 65.45 in Asia and his record in Sri Lanka - 733 runs, the most for a visiting batsman, at an average of 104.71 - is second only to Sachin Tendulkar.

Fleming's home and away record
Matches Runs Avg 50s/100s
Home 44 2474 32.98 2/17
Away 52 3720 44.81 6/24

The difference in Fleming's record in matches won and lost is startling. In matches New Zealand have lost, he averages just 29.11 with one hundred. His average in wins is 52.47 and in drawn Tests it is 43.59.

New Zealand batsmen in matches won (min: 1000 runs)
Batsman Matches won Runs/Avg 100s/50s
Martin Crowe 16 1219/55.40 2/7
Craig McMillian 18 1186/53.90 3/8
Stephen Fleming 29 1189/52.47 3/13
John Wright 21 1253/36.85 2/6
Nathan Astle 26 1213/35.67 2/8

George Binoy is editorial assistant of Cricinfo