Everybody else is saying it, so why shouldn’t we? How apt that Stephen Fleming should retire with a fifty in each innings. In total he hit 46 in Test cricket, but only nine hundreds. Statistics might not tell the whole story, but there’s only the odd semi-colon missing in this instance.
We did something about Stephen Fleming’s retirement a bit back. It’s probably a two or three out of ten update, if we’re honest. It features ‘facts’. We’re never very comfortable when we’ve got ‘facts’ at our disposal. We choke.
New Zealand v England, third Test at Napier – day four
England 253 (Kevin Pietersen 129, Tim Southee 5-55)
New Zealand 168 (Stephen Fleming 59, Ryan Sidebottom 7-47, Stuart Broad 3-54)
England 467-7 declared (Andrew Strauss 177 not out, Ian Bell 110, Daniel Vettori 4-158)
New Zealand 222-5 (Matthew Bell 69, Stephen Fleming 66, Monty Panesar 3-49)