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Decision looms on Australian Test series

By Adam Cooper 21/05/2004 05:14:41 AM Comments (0)

Australia's cricket tour of Zimbabwe will be decided today, when the 10 Test-playing nations decide if the two proposed matches go ahead.

After days of uncertainty, confused players and officials from both camps will learn if the Tests are on or off, with Australia almost certain to go home if the matches are scrapped or downgrade from Tests to tour matches.

The verdict will be delivered today after a teleconference between the presidents of the 10 Test-playing countries' cricket boards, who will vote between going ahead with the matches or cancelling them.

Seven of the 10 members must agree for a motion to be carried.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has called for a vote out of concern for the integrity of Test cricket, which has been battered in Zimbabwe in the past month through a boycott by the country's best players and two embarrassing Test defeats to Sri Lanka.

Zimbabwe's dissident players have made themselves available for selection again and want to end their dispute with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU).

But they will not play in the Tests against Australia as they feel they are not ready.

The first Test is scheduled to start in Harare on Saturday and the second in Bulawayo on May 29.

The ZCU named five of the rebel players - deposed captain Heath Streak, Andy Blignaut, Trevor Gripper, Stuart Carlisle and Ray Price - in the squad to play Australia in the first Test.

But the five players will not play because they feel they are not ready and are yet to resolve all their issues with the ZCU.

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