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NZ feel rain, wind will help an upset

17/03/2005 09:39:57 PM Comments (0)

Stephen Fleming believes Wellington's fickle weather will advantage New Zealand on two counts in the second Test.

Australian skipper Ricky Ponting, though, believes otherwise as the world champions look to seal the three-match series at the Basin Reserve.

Forecast gale-forced winds combined with drizzling rain on Friday and Saturday could see the match severely weather-affected, opening up the chance of a declaration-forced result.

The Black Caps almost stole a remarkable victory off Australia in Brisbane in late 2001 when they fell nine runs short in a thrilling final-day chase when Chris Cairns and Criag McMillan cut loose.

The otherwise dead Test, which finished in a draw, was only brought to life by bold declarations made by Fleming and Steve Waugh.

Fleming said he would consider doing the same on Friday if the match was rain affected and admitted such a move, reciprocated by Australia, could play into his side's hands.

"Whether we can do that with the bowling attack we have, we may need a little bit more runs," he said. "But we'd certainly look to make a game of it and try to win it.

"It's a good opportunity and situation for us to win."

The high winds, forecast of up to 70kph, would also benefit the Black Caps who are set to play two spinners in Daniel Vettori and Paul Wiseman if rain hasn't set in on Friday morning.

Wellington-based swing bowler James Franklin is also a far more difficult prospect in gusty conditions and could make life particularly difficult for Australia's four left-handers.

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