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'We're capable of winning' - Fleming

Stephen Fleming, the New Zealand captain, believes his side has what it takes to go all the way after extending its unbeaten streak at the tournament to six

Cricinfo staff
10-Apr-2007


Stephen Fleming was happy with the way Brendon McCullum accelerated towards the end © Getty Images
Stephen Fleming, the New Zealand captain, believes his side has what it takes to go all the way after extending its unbeaten streak at the tournament to six. Speaking after the 129-run win against Ireland, Fleming was aware of the real test that awaits them, with three games against tougher opposition, but New Zealand need only one more win to secure a berth in the semi-finals.
"We know we are capable of winning it," Fleming told AFP. "We are better prepared this time. We are in the semi-finals or close to it by winning one more game. We've got three tough games."
New Zealand have maintained their momentum despite concerns over fitness and injuries to a few in-form players. Mark Gillespie, the fast bowler, was expected to return against Ireland but is still on the sidelines. Ross Taylor's recovery from a hamstring strain was also hampered by poor weather in the lead-up to the Ireland game.
"The fitness of the side is quite good," Fleming said. "We are getting guys who are quite close. I think Taylor is close to regaining fitness." New Zealand face Sri Lanka on Thursday in Grenada.
Fleming also praised Brendon McCullum's late surge which propelled New Zealand to 263 from 189 for 7. McCullum scored a breezy 47 off 37 balls and was well-supported by James Franklin as the pair added 71 for the eighth wicket.
"The fact that we got to 263 is a testament to our power-hitting and McCullum's ability to hit the ball over the rope and into the gaps at the death," Fleming said. "Our ability to hit the ball at the death has been very strong. In that five-over period, I think we put on about 50 runs, which in most games is going to leave you in a pretty good spot."