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Cricket: Australia vs Zimbabwe- feel the tension
« on: August 23, 2014, 07:37:45 AM »
HARARE (Zimbabwe): The Australia cricket team
arrived for its first tour of Zimbabwe in a decade
on Thursday, promising to play hard and
shrugging off questions over the trip.
Australia avoided playing in the troubled southern
African country for 10 years from 2004 because of
the rule of longtime president Robert Mugabe and
his ZANU-PF party, which has been criticized by
human rights organizations.
Australia allrounder Mitchell Marsh, whose father
Geoff once coached Zimbabwe, was asked at
Harare International Airport on Thursday if it was
right to come to Zimbabwe now. Marsh replied:
"I'm not the right person to ask."
Australia's government directed its cricket team
in the mid-2000s not to tour Zimbabwe because
of Mugabe, describing him as a dictator.
But although it hasn't played an international
game in Zimbabwe for 10 years, Australia has
sent a second-string "A'' team here recently.
"A couple of guys have been here over the last
two years (with Australia A) and we obviously
love being back here," Marsh said. "So we are
ready to have a good few weeks."
Australia will play in a triangular ODI series
against Zimbabwe and South Africa, the first of a
string of limited-overs contests for the Aussies as
they count down to co-hosting the World Cup
with New Zealand early next year.
"We come here with an attitude that it doesn't
matter who we are playing. We bring a good
attitude. We play hard cricket. We play to win
every game," Marsh said.
Top-ranked Australia is without top-order
batsmen David Warner, Shane Watson and Shaun
Marsh. The tournament begins on Monday at
Harare Sports Club with Australia vs. Zimbabwe.


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Re: Cricket: Australia vs Zimbabwe- feel the tension
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2014, 01:28:16 PM »
Our boys did remarkably well!


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