Flower, Goodwin don captaincy mantle

Published: Friday, April 9, 2004, 21:56 [IST]
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London:Former Zimbabwe Test players Andy Flower and Murray Goodwin led the teams out in English cricket's curtain raiser between Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the champion County Sussex at Lord's.

Flower, a former Zimbabwe skipper, now playing County cricket in England for Essex, had long been pencilled in to lead MCC in a revival of a fixture last played in 1991 when Middlesex were the reigning County champions.

But Goodwin was a late call-up to lead Sussex - who won the title for the first time in their history last season - after regular skipper Chris Adams withdrew because of an elbow injury.

Both Flower and Goodwin now divide their time between playing first-class cricket in England and Australia.

Flower represents South Australia while Goodwin Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield.

Goodwin, 31, a top-order batsman made his last international apperance in 2000 but quit in order to pursue a more lucrative first-class career.

Flower, 35, a mainstay of Zimbabwe's batting and often their wicketkeeper, retired from international cricket after last year's World Cup where, together with teammate Henry Olonga, he staged a black armband protest mourning the "death of democracy" in the African State under President Robert Mugabe.

Flower and Goodwin's former Test teammate Heath Streak is currently engaged in a dispute with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) after being axed from the Test captaincy.

MCC, managed by England selector and former Australia keeper Rod Marsh, are fielding a team largely made up of England hopefuls.

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