Wednesday 19 December 2007 

Stephen Fleming To Captain Kiwis In Charity Match

Stephen Fleming will captain a New Zealand eleven which will take on Bangladesh in a Twenty20 game to raise funds for survivors of Cyclone Sidr, which hit Bangladesh earlier this month.

Fleming will captain a strong side with a number of players currently involved in the Chappell-Hadlee series in Australia while young opening batsman Jesse Ryder and quick bowler Tim Southee are given a chance to impress.

Also in the side is Peter Fulton, as he completes his rehabilitation from injury.

Selection manager Sir Richard Hadlee commented, "The game will be an opportunity for a number of BLACKCAPS to play ahead of The National Bank Series against Bangladesh.

"It also allows the chance for some exciting emerging players. Jesse Ryder is an undoubted talent at the top of the order, while Tim Southee is a very promising fast-bowler. This match gives both players exposure to an international-class level of competition.

"The game will also mark the last time Stephen Fleming will captain a New Zealand team in a limited overs game."

New Zealand XI: Stephen Fleming (captain), Jesse Ryder, Jamie How, Peter Fulton, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Gareth Hopkins, Jeetan Patel, Tim Southee, Michael Mason, Iain O'Brien, James Marshall (reserve fielder)