View Poll Results: Who was the Best "LOST" Zimbabwean Player?

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  • Andy Flower

    25 83.33%
  • Grant Flower

    0 0%
  • Heath Streak

    3 10.00%
  • Sean Ervine

    2 6.67%
  • Andy Blignaut

    0 0%
  • Stuart Carlisle

    0 0%
  • Henry Olonga

    0 0%
  • Raymond Price

    0 0%
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    Icon2 Best "LOST" Zimbabwean Player

    Throughout the last ten years various players have boycotted Zimbabwe Cricket.....

    It would be interesting to see who was the best cricket player.......
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    Taibu always looked to be a player of pretty high class. It always amused me when he had to take off the keeping pads and show his team how to bowl.

    Its very disappointing that he hasn't played proper international cricket for so long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    Taibu always looked to be a player of pretty high class. It always amused me when he had to take off the keeping pads and show his team how to bowl.

    Its very disappointing that he hasn't played proper international cricket for so long.
    Taibu is back and currently playing for Zimbabwe
    was also in the T20 world cup.......

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    Yes - I just looked him up and noticed that. Last I heard, he was going to qualify for South Africa - shows how much I care about Zimbabwe's results these days!

    My point still stands though - he's not playing test cricket these days and he's a real loss.

    Of the other players - Andy Flower, Grant Flower and Heath Streak played nearly to the end of their test lifetime, so to speak. One player who was a great loss at a bit of an earlier stage was Neil Johnson - he looked to have some class and should have been a permanent fixture in the Zimbabwe side.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    Yes - I just looked him up and noticed that. Last I heard, he was going to qualify for South Africa - shows how much I care about Zimbabwe's results these days!

    My point still stands though - he's not playing test cricket these days and he's a real loss.

    Of the other players - Andy Flower, Grant Flower and Heath Streak played nearly to the end of their test lifetime, so to speak. One player who was a great loss at a bit of an earlier stage was Neil Johnson - he looked to have some class and should have been a permanent fixture in the Zimbabwe side.
    Yeah Neil Johnson and Murray Goodwin were spectecular players......

    but are a old story now.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonty Lathwal View Post
    Throughout the last ten years various players have boycotted Zimbabwe Cricket.....
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    but are a old story now.....
    Neil Johnson last played for Zimbabwe in 2000 as I recall. I may even have been at his last ever test match. Hence, he should be in the poll. His loss to Zimbabwe was more significant than either of the Flowers or Streak given their careers were nearly over.

    Players like Ervine, Friend, Price, Carlisle whilst losses, bear no comparison to Johnson in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathDavisSpeed View Post
    Neil Johnson last played for Zimbabwe in 2000 as I recall. I may even have been at his last ever test match. Hence, he should be in the poll. His loss to Zimbabwe was more significant than either of the Flowers or Streak given their careers were nearly over.

    Players like Ervine, Friend, Price, Carlisle whilst losses, bear no comparison to Johnson in my opinion.
    Well, Johnson and Goodwin were in the top of my mind.....but i dont know how i forgot

    and I think Ervine was very very impressive in his short career....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonty Lathwal View Post
    and I think Ervine was very very impressive in his short career....
    I thought Ervine showed some potential, and so I guess he comes into this pot somewhat, given that he was so young when his international retirement came about.

    It would certainly be good to see him back into New Zealand colours. Goodwin as well, he would be the star batsman in the current Zimbabwean line up by some way, even now.

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    Being frank, I think Greg Lamb was a big loss. Never played a game after being their best junior player for a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    Being frank, I think Greg Lamb was a big loss. Never played a game after being their best junior player for a long time.
    yeah...
    I think he is currently with Hampshire County

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    Being frank, I think Greg Lamb was a big loss. Never played a game after being their best junior player for a long time.
    Is he the guy who played (plays?) for Hampshire? I saw him 2 or 3 years ago for Hants and he looked fairly ordinary to me - but I think I only saw him play the once, certainly not enough for a proper assessment.

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    In A Perfect World- Zim XI

    Ok. Close your eyes and imagine.

    Zim is stable and safe. There is food on everyones table and a freely elected government in office.

    ICC re-grants Test status and all players are available.

    What is your Zimbabwe XI for the first Test back?

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    Tatenda Taibu and Murray Goodwin

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    Tough - the team even 3 years ago would be very different to the one you'd get now. No more Streak or the two Flowers these days, I'd expect.

    Its also very tough to know how good some of the 'retirees' such as Carlisle, Whittall, Friend, Campbell etc. etc. would still be these days. They probably wouldn't be good enough after so long out of first class cricket to be called upon at this stage.

    In all likelihood, in the short term, you'd have a pretty similar squad of players available as now, just with (potentially) Ervine and Price back in the mix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    Ok. Close your eyes and imagine.

    Zim is stable and safe. There is food on everyones table and a freely elected government in office.

    ICC re-grants Test status and all players are available.

    What is your Zimbabwe XI for the first Test back?
    1.Neil Johnson
    2.Stuart Carlisle
    3.Murray Goodwin
    4.Andy Flower
    5.Brendan Taylor
    6.Tatenda Taibu (wk)
    7.Sean Ervine
    8.Heath Streak (c)
    9.Andy Blignaut
    10.Ray Price
    11.Henry Olonga


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