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Cricket-Pakistan confident for test after one-day rout of Kiwis

12/17/2003 - Cricket

By Geoff Young

HAMILTON, New Zealand, Dec 18 - Captain
Inzamam-ul-Haq is hoping Pakistan can carry on where they left
off in the recent 5-0 one-day series whitewash of New Zealand in
Friday's first test between the two sides.

"We are confident but we are also very aware that New
Zealand were missing a number of their best players (in the
one-day series in Pakistan earlier this month)," Inzamam told
reporters on Thursday.

"I am hoping the momentum can continue but every match is a
new one."

Inzamam said through an interpreter, team manager Haroon
Rashid, that Pakistan would play positive cricket in this
month's two-test series.

Coach Javed Miandad would give no hints on the Pakistan team
but Shoaib Malik could take the spinner's berth from Danish
Kaneria, who picked up five for 70 on Tuesday on the third and
final day of the match against Auckland.

Miandad, though, may dispense with spin completely and pick
batsman Asim Kamal instead of either Malik or Kaneria.

New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming said he was relieved to
be back in the side.

Fleming had to fly home early after sustaining an abdominal
strain during the latter stages of the recent tour of India and
there were fears he had suffered a hernia.

But a specialist suggested he kept playing and Fleming came
through with flying colours when he turned out for Wellington in
a recent four-day State Championship match.

"I felt absolutely fine during the match and have felt
nothing since, so continuing to play did the trick," Fleming
said.