Grant Flower to make a comeback for Zim

Published: Friday, October 1, 2010, 11:03 [IST]
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Grant Flower to make a comeback

Zimbabwe's current batting coach Grant Flower is set to make a international comeback and boost Zimbabwe's batting during their tour to South Africa.

Flower, who is 39, is one batsman who has tasted success in international cricket for Zimbabwe but his career was cut short by a dispute between Zimbabwe's players and its cricket board.

In August, Flower had returned to Zimbabwe after six seasons with Essex, to be the batting coach of the national team

The inclusion of Flower will add some solidity to the Zimbabwe middle order, which includes players like Craig Ervine, Charles Coventry.

However, the selectors have made a surprise call on Brendan Taylor. Zimbabwe's leading ODI run-getter this year with 471 at 39.25, from both the Twenty20 and one-day squads was ignored for the tour.

Flower believes that his English county experience with Essex for the last six years will help him stand him in good stead ahead of his return. He also hopes that his roles as a coach and player will not create a conflict of interest.

The right-handed batsman and part-time left arm spinner played 67 tests and 219 one-day internationals for Zimbabwe before a dispute brought an abrupt end to his career.


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