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    导出博客文章His family dreamed up James Bond, he lives close to Blofeld, served with the
    Royal Green Jackets and played first-class cricket in an appropriately
    pugnacious manner. His first two scoring shots were sixes. His suitably
    entertaining friends include Boris Johnson, who will be high up on the list of
    invitees to Lords next summer. In appointing Matthew Fleming as its youngest
    president since Peter May several decades ago, MCC has opted for a colourful
    individual, for sure.It is also a practical selection. Fleming, who takes office
    at the start of this month, is already MCCs representative on the ECBs board at
    a time when the club is concerned about retaining two Tests a year at Lords, the
    effect this might have on its redevelopment, and its role in any future
    city-based T20 tournament. Gone are the days when the president was a man such
    as Flemings fellow Green Jacket Lord Bramall, whose position was a titular one.
    As the likes of Christopher Martin-Jenkins have found in recent years, there is
    politics around every cleft of the great ground.Fleming is now 51 but is little
    changed in looks since his ruddy-faced exertions for Kent and, in one-day
    cricket, for England, although his resemblance to Ian Fleming, his great uncle,
    whose literary estate he helps direct, is increasingly noticeable. His
    background in the army, outwitting bomb attacks in Northern Ireland, gave him,
    he said at Lords this week, the maturity to play sport under pressure. If I get
    something wrong in cricket, we lose the match. If I get something wrong in the
    army, someone could die.Flemings father wanted him to join the army after he
    left Eton, where Johnson, a preciously intelligent and enthusiastic man was a
    contemporary and friend. Fleming wanted to go straight into cricket, but
    initially was turned down by Kent and then by Worcestershire. They preferred
    Kapil Dev - one of the easier decisions, he said. Colin Cowdrey, however, was
    supportive and Fleming eventually made his debut for Kent at the age of 24. His
    maturity and independence - If I had your money Id play shots like you, David
    Bairstow once told him from behind the stumps, or at any rate claimed to have
    done - proved a boon.Even so, the nickname of Jazzer, as in jazz-hat cricketer,
    was misjudged. Fleming was no amateur. He gave his all for Kent as a
    middle-order biffer and medium-pacer, finishing with 9206 runs and 290 wickets
    in first-class cricket, as well as the fastest century of the season in his
    final year, 2002. T20 would have been a perfect fit for him.He was good enough
    to play for England 11 times in one-day cricket and, on one memorable televised
    occasion in Canterbury, to run out four batsmen from point with direct hits.
    Never could a home address - he grew up at Stonewall Park in Kent - have been
    more inappropriate.Not that Fleming did not admire the hard-nosed professional
    who ground out runs. He favoured signing Steve Waugh for Kent towards the end of
    Waughs career, even though the club was running out of money and the emerging
    Alex Loudon was kept out of the side as a consequence. Flemings countenance was
    ruddier than ever when he stormed up to the press box and, bizarrely given his
    own background, accused his critics of supporting Loudon only because he went to
    Eton.So how does Fleming view Waugh and his advocacy of sledging given that one
    of his prime roles as MCC president will be to promote the clubs spirit of
    cricket? In many ways Steve embodies that, but in his quieter moments he might
    think, as captain of one of the most successful of sides, that he could have
    done one or two things differently and set a slightly different tone on the
    pitch. Indeed, Fleming is turning his attention to this rather woolly
    pronouncement. Russell Cake, the chairman of MCCs Laws committee, is looking
    into the wording as part of a complete review. The language may need tweaking to
    be relevant to a new generation of cricket lovers, said Fleming.The new
    generation is at the forefront of his ambitions as president. And, when he comes
    to appoint his own successor, to take office next October, he will be after
    someone who reflects his energy and enthusiasm. The evolution of cricket is
    essential. There is a huge amount of social and intellectual capital in the club
    and I want to engage with more younger cricket fans. If there is to be more
    day-night cricket at Lords, [in terms of city-based matches] then we will have
    discussions with Westminster City Council about more use of the floodlights. It
    would be good if double the number of schools used the indoor school.Fleming
    wants to create a form of membership to enable London-based young people to join
    MCC. We are going to have to be imaginative for younger generations without
    alienating the 6107 candidates on the waiting list. The options the club is
    considering for redevelopment at the Nursery End include a hospitality area near
    the east gate, which would provide a meeting point for a form of membership for
    the U-18s. MCC is conscious that the average age of the members is 61 - and
    rising.This could be called Lords Cricket Club but the idea has not gone before
    the main committee yet. It is not a conscious effort to get away from the
    stereotypical image. The members love cricket. If they sit in the pavilion
    wearing MCC blazers, putting on weight and falling asleep, that is fair enough,
    but they are not reflective of the core body of the club, said Fleming.All in
    all, youth will be the prevailing theme on his watch. Andrew Strauss, on behalf
    of the ECB, and John Stephenson, MCCs cricket secretary, will be conducting what
    Fleming calls a root and branch review of player pathway in terms of whether it
    is more beneficial for prospective first-class cricketers to go to university or
    straight to the counties to which they will already be attached. Whereas Strauss
    benefited from having been coached by Graeme Fowler at Durham, Fleming did not
    go on to higher education.MCCs funding of six leading university centres will be
    cut by half from next year. Fowler believes in nurturing elite players, but MCCs
    take is that universities should also create opportunities in their local
    communities. Some counties embrace having players at university more than
    others, said Fleming. Maybe there could be more coaching at universities. We
    feel they could be finding partners. There has to be a degree of recognition for
    the investment the club has put into the game, and perhaps the ECB could top
    this up, for over the last ten years the ECB has not taken this into account in
    terms of allocating major matches. Andrew Strauss is not one to hang
    around.Fleming is also chairman of MCCs cricket committee. The original Vision
    for Lords, which was believed to have been approved by Johnson in his capacity
    as mayor of London, incorporated a subterranean indoor academy at the Nursery
    End, yet Fleming was on the main committee when the scheme, unanimously backed
    by the development committee, broke down amid considerable rancour in 2011.
    Fleming sided with the then chairman, Oliver Stocken, and the treasurer, Justin
    Dowley, who stymied it. The academy looked astonishing, he said, but I feel the
    membership need more information about development at the Nursery End.
    Development or no development - and doing nothing at the Nursery End will not be
    one of the options put before the 18,000 full members at the turn of the year -
    Fleming believes Lords still has a compelling case for staging two Tests each
    year.If the likes of Cake and Mike Brearley, who has the extraordinary ability
    to listen to a conversation and sum it up in three words, not a quality always
    in abundance in MCC committees, provide the intellectual capital Fleming can
    draw on, Johnson will provide both that and required social impetus. Although he
    is a thoughtful man, I couldnt sense Boris was going places when we were 18. We
    thought we were all useless and didnt think about the future in those terms. He
    was more suited to rowing, but he did once bowl me with some screwed up A4
    paper.When Roger Knight, a former headmaster, rang Fleming to ask him to be his
    successor as president, Flemings first thought was that he had done something
    wrong - as if he was still at school. Those were less exacting days, however,
    than when he was on a tour of Northern Ireland (army, not cricket). I went back
    there when I played for Kent and afterwards took a taxi around the areas I used
    to go to with a gun. There were plenty of moments - bombs were more of a concern
    than shootings - that Im glad I dont have to go through again.
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    shots, Anderson said. I think were a good shooting team, and I thought we took
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    saw tonight.Daryl Macon finished with 12 points for the Razorbacks, hitting 4 of
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