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Zim has potential — Grant Flower

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Zimbabwe national cricket team’s new batting coach Grant Flower, who arrived in the country early this week, hopes to add a sting into the team’s batting line-up.

Flower completed a successful season in the English County championship where he was Essex’s leading scorer in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition.

The former national team’s opening batsman hopes to pass on the skills to the current crop of Zimbabwe players ahead of today’s last one-day international (ODI) against Ireland and the upcoming tour of South Africa.

“The current players have shown a lot of potential and with the team leading the series against Ireland 2-0, things are looking good.

“In my new role as batting coach, I’ll be there to see if the guys are taking the right options, if they are playing to their strengths and if they know their strengths and weaknesses,” he said.

The national team’s batting line-up has struggled to chase down meagre totals with the middle order failing to hold at very crucial stages of the first two matches.

Tatenda Taibu and Brendon Taylor are the only two players to score half centuries during this series while the rest of the batting line-up has looked unconvincing.

The younger brother of the current England coach Andy, Grant is one of the country’s most successful cricketers at international level.

He formed a fierce combination with his brother which was the mainstay of Zimbabwean batting for a decade.

He was his team’s most successful opening batsman and played the role of anchorman, with stroke players coming in down the order.

He made both his Test and ODI debut in 1992 and retired from both forms of the game at international level in March 2004.

Meanwhile, the Castle Logan Cup will resume today after a two-week break due to the ongoing Ireland tour.
The four-day matches will test the depth of the franchise teams in the absence of their players who are with the national team.

Midwest Rhinos will host defending champions Mashonaland Eagles at Kwekwe Sports Club in a repeat of last season’s final in the same competition.

Rhinos will be without four key players in skipper Vusimuzi Sibanda, Taylor, Edward Rainsford and leg spinner Graeme Cremer while Eagles will be without Elton Chigumbura, who is the skipper for the side, Ray Price and Greg Lamb.

Eagles will, however, be welcoming new player-coach Andrew Hall although they will also be without key players.

In the other match, Matabeleland Tuskers will host Southern Rocks at Queens Sports Club.

Rocks will be without Taibu and Chamunorwa Chibhabha while Tuskers will be missing in-form batsman Sean Williams, Charles Coventry and seam bowler Christopher Mpofu.

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