Post by Guzni & Naheed Palmerston North New Zealan » Sun, 20 Oct 1996 04:00:00


 Toss: Zimbabwe
 Umpires: Khizar Hayat and DL Orchard (SA)
 TV Umpire: Shakoor Rana
 Match Referee: JL Hendriks (WI)
 Man of the Match:

 Close of Play:
  Day 1: Zim 240/6 (GW Flower 98*, PA Strang 37*)
  Day 2: Zim 375, Pak 189/6 (Moin Khan 3*, Wasim Akram 5*)

Zimbabwe 1st innings        
4  6
 GW Flower      c sub (Shahid Af.) b Saqlain Mushtaq    110 286  4  1
 MH Dekker      lbw                b Wasim Akram         14  25  1  0
 *ADR Campbell  lbw                b Shahid Nazir         8  17  1  0
 DL Houghton    run out (Saeed Anwar)                    43  42  3  2
 +A Flower      lbw                b Shahid Nazir        11  21  2  0
 CB Wishart     lbw                b Shahid Nazir         0   1  0  0
 GJ Whittall    c Shadab Kabir     b Saqlain Mushtaq      0   2  0  0
 PA Strang      not out                                 106 206  9  0
 AR Whittall    lbw                b Shahid Nazir         0   3  0  0
 BC Strang                         b Saqlain Mushtaq     42  67  5  0
 HK Olonga                         b Shahid Nazir         7  14  0  0
 Extras         (b 9, lb 16, w 1, nb 8)                  34
 Total           (all out, 115.4 overs)                  375

 FoW: 1-33 (Dekker), 2-41 (Campbell), 3-119 (Houghton),
      4-141 (A Flower), 5-141 (Wishart), 6-142 (GJ Whittall),
      7-273 (GW Flower), 8-274 (AR Whittall), 9-361 (BC Strang),
      10-375 (Olonga).

 Bowling                      O      M      R      W
 Wasim Akram                 28      9     58      1 (2nb)
 Waqar Younis                22      3     90      0 (4nb)
 Saqlain Mushtaq             37      3    127      3
 Shahid Nazir                22.4    3     53      5 (2nb, 1w)
 Aamir Sohail                 6      0     22      0

 Pakistan 1st innings                                 R   B  
4  6
 Saeed Anwar   st A Flower        b PA Strang           51  87 6  0
 Aamir Sohail  c A Flower         b PA Strang           46  46 1  0
 Shadab Kabir  c Houghton         b AR Whittall          2  14 0  0
 Ijaz Ahmed    lbw                b Olonga               9  13 2  0
 Salim Malik                      b PA Strang           52 106 6  1
 Azam Khan     lbw                b PA Strang           14  21 1  0
 +Moin Khan    c AR Whittall      b PA Strang           18  55 2  0
 *Wasim Akram  not out                                 144   0 0  0
 Saqlain Mushtaq not out                                37   0 0  0
 Extras        (b 9, lb 7, w 2, nb 4)                   22
 Total         (7 wickets, 118 overs)                  395

 To Bat: Waqar Younis, Shahid Nazir.

 FoW: 1-64 (Aamir Sohail), 2-77 (Shadab Kabir), 3-91 (Ijaz Ahmed),
      4-142 (Saeed Anwar), 5-176 (Azam Khan), 6-183 (Salim Malik),
      7-237 (Moin Khan).

 Bowling                      O      M      R      W
 Olonga                      19      6     60      1 (1nb, 2w)
 BC Strang                   10      2     34      0
 AR Whittall                 26      5     73      1
 PA Strang                   52     10    142      5 (1nb)
 GJ Whittall                 11      0     35      0 (1nb)

 *** Day 1
 *** Shahid Nazir took a wicket with his 4th ball in Test Cricket.
 *** Bad light stopped the play at the end of 84.1 overs.

 *** Day 2
 *** Partnership of 87 between Paul Strang and Bryan Strang sets a
     new Zimbabwean record for the 9th wicket.

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Post by Melhul » Sat, 26 Oct 1996 04:00:00

English tourists face battle to restore reputation

LONDON, Oct 23: England's cricketing reputation is on the line when the
A team fly out to
Australia on Wednesday night for the start of a seven-week tour which
will serve as a tough
rehearsal for next summer's Ashes series.

The 14-man party, who face a series of state sides and the
much-heralded Academy on the trip, are
determined to restore England's credibility in the wake of Australia's
*** of the last four Test
series between the two countries.

"It's important for everybody involved and English cricket in general
that we win as many games as
possible," stressed tour manager David Graveney, who will be assisted
by coach Mike Gatting on
the trip. "The more we win, the more enjoyable the trip becomes and we
get back a certain amount
of credibility in the eyes of the Australians in terms of the level of
our cricket. I am sure both Gatt
and I are under no illusions about the quality of the cricket they will
face. It will be very tough, very
competitive, and give all the players a good insight into what it's
like playing against Australian
cricketers. I expect every game to be a real test. There will be a
different climate, and different areas
to contend with for the people who haven't been on tour before. It will
throw up some problems and
it's important we have a decent spell of weather when we arrive so we
can practice properly. We
have to try and win as many games as we can. We have set our stall out
to win them all and that will
be the aim of everybody involved."

Graveney, the former Gloucestershire captain, had a major say in the
make-up of the party as a
member of the selection panel but is only too aware of the daunting
standards set by A teams on
previous tours. England A's unprecedented spell of success over the
last three tours to South Africa,
India and Pakistan has heralded 12 victories, seven draws and just one
defeat from 20 first class
fixtures - and left them unbeaten since losing to Natal in January
1994. "I am aware of how well the
A teams have done but the A tour to Australia is slightly different
because they probably aren't going
to be playing against their same age groups as state sides can field
who they want," warned
Graveney. "In India and Pakistan they played against the same people
who they would face in
international cricket and therefore would probably have been the same
sort of age as our guys. But
Australia may not be like that. When they went to the West Indies in
1992 for instance, we suddenly
ran into Courtney Walsh and Jimmy Adams after they had been left out of
their Test team and I
would be surprised if the opposition we are going to face on this tour
is not of top quality."

Graveney added: "It's a difficult tour because there are no obvious
peaks. On other tours you play
country versus country and it's important for this touring party to
establish its form very quickly and
maintain it because the first game could be the toughest of the lot.
The aim of every player on this trip
has to be to progress from here to the full Test team. From Peter Such,
who is the oldest, right down
to the youngest with Owais Shah, this is a perfect opportunity to see
what the next step is like and
take it from there. At least 50 per cent of the last A squad to tour
Australia in 1993 have gone on to
become full-blown internationals - Andy Caddick, Dominic Cork, Mark
Ilott and Graham Thorpe
among them - and we have got to get at least that percentage through
from this party, if not more, if