The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Satur­day, Septem­ber 15, 1991 — There is more than just na­tional pride at stake in to­mor­row’s one day in­ter­na­tional cricket en­counter be­tween Zim­babwe and the pow­er­ful Aus­tralia B at Bu­l­awayo Ath­letic Club.

With Zim­babwe 1-0 up in the Astra-spon­sored se­ries of three one-day matches against the vis­i­tors, to­mor­row’s clash holds in store the prom­ise of a tense bat­tle for supremacy as Dave Houghton’s men fight for a vic­tory that would give them an unas­sail­able 2-0 lead and wrap the se­ries up in their favour.

Zim­babwe se­cured a hand­some six-wicket win, in the first one-day en­counter at Harare Sports Club last Sun­day, and that per­for­mance holds them in good stead ahead of to­mor­row’s match.

One wor­ry­ing fac­tor for the Zim­babwe se­lec­tors which de­layed their an­nounc­ing of the fi­nal line-up was the an­kle in­jury sus­tained dur­ing prac­tice last week by their key strike bowler, Eddo Bran­des.

The beefy stal­wart of the Zim­babwe bowl­ing depart­ment, who also missed the first en­counter last Sun­day, was sched­uled to un­dergo a late fit­ness test last night and the se­lec­tors were keep­ing their fin­gers crossed over the out­come.

Zim­babwe Cricket Union se­lec­tor Babu Me­man said yes­ter­day af­ter­noon the fi­nal line-up was be­ing with­held pend­ing the out­come of Bran­des’ fit­ness test. There can be no doubt that Bran­des’ ab­sence would be a hand­i­cap for Zim­babwe’s at­tack, more so in the four-day “Test’’ match which starts in Bu­l­awayo on Mon­day.

Last Sun­day, a fiery John Traicos claimed four wick­ets for 20 in 10 overs to help Zim­babwe de­stroy the Aus­tralians’ mid­dle or­der and swing the match in the hosts’ favour.

But with a galaxy of world-class bats­men ar­rayed against them, Dave Houghton’s men will see Bran­des’ in­clu­sion as a wel­come boost for a gru­elling week of cricket that lies ahead.

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