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Cautious optimism about Zimbabwe tour

By Roger Vaughan and Adam Cooper 29/04/2004 08:30:38 PM Comments (0)

Australian cricket has reacted cautiously to overnight news that Zimbabwe's rebel players would make themselves available for selection.

Cricket authorities were hopeful it was a first step to Zimbabwe fielding a full-strength team when Australia tours there in May.

But Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) chief executive Tim May was wary about the news, saying it meant "neither one thing nor the other".

The Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) announced the 15 players would be at training from Friday.

"I guess we don't know the full story at the moment so we'll just wait and see what the (Zimbabwean) players have to say," said Australian coach John Buchanan.

"We hope there's a resolution and that all players are available so Zimbabwe can pick its potentially strongest side, which would be a good thing for Zimbabwe cricket and Australia."

The dispute started earlier this month when former captain Heath Streak questioned the make-up of the Zimbabwe selection panel and was dropped.

The ZCU made Tatenda Taibu captain as 15 players, all white, boycotted the national team.

Zimbabwe has a sub-standard team in the home one-day series against Sri Lanka.

The home side lost the first four matches and last weekend was bowled out for a world-record low score of 35.

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