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Zimbabwe rebels to play again

19/05/2004 08:29:41 PM Comments (0)

Zimbabwe's white rebel cricketers decided to make themselves available to play again, but have run out of time to play Australia in the upcoming Test series.

Just a day after the rebels gave up on ever representing their country again, the players declared they would make themselves available for the three proposed one-day matches against Australia in June.

Players' spokesman Grant Flower confirmed the development but said players had given up on playing in the Test series.

The group, including deposed captain Heath Streak, have decided to pursue a new avenue of action and met with Charles Robertson, a provincial cricket administrator.

Robertson will approach the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) on the players' behalf and planned to meet chairman of selectors Stephen Mongongo.

But the group is unlikely to be considered for the two Tests against Australia.

Zimbabwe's current second-string side - thrashed by an innings in each of the two recent Tests against Sri Lanka - is likely to be named overnight to take on the world champions.

"They're (the rebels) not ready mentally and physically to play Australia, but they do want to play cricket again," said Clive Field, a representative of the players.

Mongongo said any Zimbabwe player of international standard would be considered for selection.

Zimbabwe coach Geoff Marsh welcomed the news, but conceded the players would struggle to be ready to play Australia.

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