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    Zimbabwe Touring Party Named

    The Zimbabwe Squads to England have been named:

    Heath Streak (capt)
    Tatenda Taibu (vice-capt)
    Grant Flower
    Dion Ebrahim
    Mark Vermeulen
    Barney Rogers
    Sean Ervine
    Andy Blignaut
    Mluleki Nkala
    Stuart Carlisle
    Ray Price
    Travis Friend
    Vusimuzi Sibanda
    Douglas Hondo
    Douglas Marillier

    Note:
    1/Taibu's vice-captaincy. This really shocked me. I would have thought Grant Flower.
    2/Ervine/Nkala- Oh those persistent selectors.
    3/Good to see Carlisle back on the scene.
    4/Who's Sibanda?

    Additional ODI players:

    Gary Brent
    Waddington Mwayenga
    Stuart Matsikenyere
    Charles Coventry
    Richard Sims

    Note:
    1/Good to see Brent back. I always thought he was one of their better ODI bowlers.
    2/Aside from Coventry, any info about the others? Rik?
    3/They've finally dropped Wishart for the one-hit-wonder he is.
    Sreesanth said, "Next ball he was beaten and I said, 'is this the King Charles Lara? Who is this impostor, moving around nervously? I should have kept my mouth shut for the next ball - mind you, it was a length ball - Lara just pulled it over the church beyond the boundary! He is a true legend."


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    I was just going to write a thread about this, so i will reply..

    Not surprised in Taibu getting the vice captaincy, I severely doubt that if Streak were to get injured, Taibu would take over the captaincy. I think they just want him to get a bit of experience.

    Although my name is not Rik! Ill answer a few questions


    Stewart Matsikenyeri is a middle order batsman who has played a couple of ODI's i think.. He might also keep wicket if needed

    Gary Brent - Is a very English line and length bowler who gets some swing. he is not quick, but if conditions suit him he could be dangerous, adds experience, he has been around for a while

    Richard Sims - I think he is a tall off spinner...

    Surprised Gavin Ewing isnt in there somewhere, he hit 212 against Midlands and has a good batting average..
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    Here are my Elevens for the 1st test!

    ENGLAND

    1.Vaughan
    2.Trescothick
    3.Butcher
    4.Hussain
    5.Bell
    6.Read
    7.Flintoff
    8.Giles
    9.Caddick
    10.Anderson
    11.Hoggard

    ZIMBABWE

    1.Vermeulen
    2.Flower
    3.Carlisle
    4.Ebrahim
    5.Marillier
    6.Taibu
    7.Blignaut
    8.Friend
    9.Streak
    10.Price
    11.Sizibanda or whatever his name is
    Last edited by Langeveldt; 16-04-2003 at 10:36 AM.

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    Langeveldt opts for the no keeper option - interesting!
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    Originally posted by marc71178
    Langeveldt opts for the no keeper option - interesting!

    Ooops I was wondering why Bell and Troughton were there, all edited now

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    Originally posted by Langeveldt
    4.Coventry
    11.Brent
    Coventry and Brent aren't in for the Tests though.

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    Originally posted by Langeveldt
    Ooops I was wondering why Bell and Troughton were there, all edited now
    Read at 6 is at least one place too high though.

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    Originally posted by Mr Mxyzptlk
    Coventry and Brent aren't in for the Tests though.
    Ok Edited again :!( :!( :!(

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    1/Taibu's vice-captaincy. This really shocked me. I would have thought Grant Flower.

    Doesn't surprise me at all. I've had Tatenda down as a future skipper for quite some time. Serving the "apprenticeship" as Bob Woolmer would put it. Grant will quit soon.

    2/Ervine/Nkala- Oh those persistent selectors.

    That or total lack of talent in ZIM

    3/Good to see Carlisle back on the scene.

    That will be that double-ton he hit last week, then.

    4/Who's Sibanda?

    A token black player, I expect.

    Matsikenyeri is picked on colour alone, I think. He was picked in the World Cup as a specialist batsman and batted at ten. He also bowled three very expensive overs.
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    I'm very surprised Gavin Ewing isn't there as well, batting average of 58.71 in FC and bowling at 29, just scored that double ton and took 7for in a game last week. Is young and talented and his batting has surprised him because he was allways thought of as a bowler who bats a bit, but you don't keep scoring more and more just by luck.

    Sims...not that impressive really, as Langeveldt said he's tall and he can bat a bit.

    Matsikenyeri is a batsman who can keep wicket, bowls occasional off-spin. Came into the side in the World Cup and batted at 8 and 9 I think...odd for someone who's thought of as a batsman.

    Sibanda - I have no clue, never even heard of him before.

    Brent - Medium-Fast seamer, just line and length, can hit the ball around, sorta like a right handed Bryan Strang.

    Mwayenga - Nothing special really, medium pacer, nothing really amazing, I think he's just one of the token coloured players.

    The selectors have got it into their heads that they have to play Ervine in every ODI now even though he has shown enough times that his bowling is just not effective enough. Nkala...not again :!( :!(

    Barney Rogers might be a surprise, he's not really had much of a chance Internationally as he's not a OD player and he was given a go in the ODI side.

    I keep asking myself when I look at this squad...what were they on? They've gone back to old failures I thought they had finally realised weren't good enough...also there is one big problem...WHERE IS GAVIN RENNIE??? (They need an opener in Tests...why not him? Ebrahim...at the moment he's not consitant enough). Carlisle is in the squad again which is good, he scored 209* the other day too
    Last edited by Rik; 16-04-2003 at 12:50 PM.
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    20...that's a rather big number :(:(:(

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    Its such a pity that they have to pick so many token black players, who are really not worth coming, they wont play a test match anyway..

    At least guys in SA like Ontong, Prince and Peterson are quite good players in their own right

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    As a bowler, I think Mbangwa is better than Ervine. He's definitely tighter. Also, what ever happened to Bryan Strang? He was one of the better bowlers in my estimation.

    It's unfortunate that the phrase "what ever happened" is used so much in relation to Zimbabwean cricket.

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    Re: Zimbabwe Touring Party Named

    Originally posted by Mr Mxyzptlk

    3/They've finally dropped Wishart for the one-hit-wonder he is.
    Most of their other players can't even make that one wonder...

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    Why is everyone against Ervine? :!( He had a very good Sharjah Cup in Zim terms and put up some good perfrmances in the WC too. How can you compare him to Nkala? :!(

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    Originally posted by Mr Mxyzptlk
    As a bowler, I think Mbangwa is better than Ervine. He's definitely tighter. Also, what ever happened to Bryan Strang? He was one of the better bowlers in my estimation.

    It's unfortunate that the phrase "what ever happened" is used so much in relation to Zimbabwean cricket.
    Mbangwa I have no clue, he's just not been picked except for the A side. He's been commentating quite a bit though.

    Strang retired from Zimbabwean cricket and moved away, I'm not sure where.

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