Not a flowery start to Andy~~s Sheffield career
Published: Monday, October 20, 2003, 1:07 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Andy Flower to make his debut for South Australia
Perth: Former Zimbabwe Test star Andy Flower made an inglorious start to his Australian career in Perth on Sunday when he was ousted for a duck in his first Sheffield Shield innings. Shaping up for South Australia at the WACA Ground, the 35-year-old veteran lasted only two minutes before being trapped by little known Western Australian medium- pacer Peter Worthington. Flower, who has a Test average of more than 50, is contracted to South Australia after quitting international cricket after his much-publicised protest against Zimbabwe's human rights record during the World Cup earlier this year. Flower was one of several batsmen dismissed quickly as South Australia crashed to 50 for four wickets after being sent in on a lively pitch on the opening day of the four-day match. Acting captain Greg Blewett (85) and Mick Miller (79) then rescued the visitors with a marvellous stand of 165. They finished with a competitive 316 for nine wickets by stumps. Worthington captured three for 56.