Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Essex confirms Flowers contract for next season
Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2001, 21:48 [IST]
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London: Zimbabwe batsman Andy Flower will play English County next season for Essex, the second division side confirmed on Monday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Flower, who averages over 55 in Test cricket, will replace Australia batsman Stuart Law who has joined Lancashire after six seasons of heavy run-scoring for the southern county.The former Zimbabwe captain, who heads the current Test batting rankings, is still his country's first choice wicket-keeper. He could yet don the gloves for his new county if Essex's James Foster, currently on England's tour to India, is required for international duty.Some will say it's best if the pair stay away from one another following their furious on-field confrontation during England's recent One-day International series in Zimbabwe.But Essex chief executive David East was delighted to have landed the former Zimbabwe captain. "The signing of Andy Flower underlines the commitment by the county to reclaim their status as one of the country's leading clubs," former Essex wicket-keeper East told Sky Sports. "He will be a terrific asset to us in both Championship and One-day cricket and I am both delighted and excited that we have been able to successfully conclude our negotiations to bring the best batsman in the world to Essex on a one-year deal."Flower is due to arrive at Essex's Chelmsford headquarters in May following Zimbabwe's series with Australia. He will not be the only big name addition to the staff. Essex legend and former England captain Graham Gooch has rejoined the county he served with such distinction as an opening batsman to become the club's new head coach.
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