Flowers hope to pillar Zimbabwe through to Super Six

Published: Sunday, February 9, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Harare: Brothers Andy and Grant Flower aim to put their years of experience to good use by inspiring Zimbabwe to reach the later stages of the World Cup. The Zimbabweans open their campaign at the Harare Sports Club on Monday against debutants Namibia with Andy hoping to cement his position as a world-class batsman. The 34-year-old left-hander is officially rated in the world's top 10 and has enjoyed that status for several years and, with younger brother Grant, has formed the hub of the team in recent years.

Andy is a former skipper of the national team and kept wickets before being usurped by Heath Streak and Tatenda Taibu respectively and now he concentrates on his batting, which is paying off. His Test average is 53 and just under 35 in One-dayers but it is generally accepted that these figures would have been a lot more attractive had he not been facing strong opposition, often when the team's back was up against the wall.

Andy, who played county cricket for Essex in 2002, has played in 205 Internationals, a national record, and has made almost 6,500 runs with a highest score of 145 against India at the ICC Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka last year. He can also boast four international centuries and 52 half-centuries. Brother Grant, 32, bats right-handed and bowls left-arm spin. He has 5,800 runs, has a highest of 142 not out and averages 33.5. He can also claim six One-day centuries and 34 fifties.

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