Thatscricket - News - England announces ODI tour of Zimbabwe
Published: Friday, June 15, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
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London: England will look to improve its poor Limited Overs international form with a One-day tour of coach Duncan Fletcher's native Zimbabwe later this year, it was announced on Friday.England has lost its last nine One-day Internationals and on Thursday was bowled out by Australia for 86, its lowest total in Limited Overs cricket, during a crushing 125 runs defeat at Old Trafford.That was its fourth straight loss in the triangular tournament also being contested by Pakistan and ended England's hopes of qualifying for the final at Lord's on June 23.There are only two years left until the next World Cup in South Africa in 2003 and England, for all the One-day games it plays at domestic level, is anxious to expose its players to greater international competition in the form of the game.As a result England will play a five-match series of One-day Internationals against Zimbabwe in October. A concerned Fletcher said, "The team that played yesterday (Thursday) at Old Trafford has a collective total of 445 caps. Yesterday's Australian team has 1,214 caps between them, and the Pakistan team, which played at Lord's on Tuesday has 1,169 caps."Experience at One-day International level is crucial and, as you can see, we are much less experienced than other teams in this form of the game."We are trying to build a team to compete in the 2003 World Cup, and this is going to take time and patience. This tour will certainly help and it will also give us further experience of Southern African conditions which will be important for 2003."