BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: Sport: Cricket
Front Page 
World 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 


The BBC's Paul Newman
"This is regarded as their most important tour since gaining Test status"
 real 28k

Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower
"We must concentrate on the cricket"
 real 28k

Tuesday, 25 April, 2000, 13:56 GMT 14:56 UK
Zimbabwe ready for crunch Test
Flower
Andy Flower: Looking for a first series win over England
Zimbabwe cricket captain Andy Flower says his players will put their country's political problems behind them, when they kick-off their summer tour against England at Lord's.

Speaking at a press conference in London, Flower admitted the current turmoil in Zimbabwe was a distraction.



We'll have to play very well and get ourselves in order to compete.

Andy Flower
But he promised his side would concentrate on events on the pitch and not off it.

"Sure some of the guys are worried, well everyone's worried about what's happening at home," he said.

"We've got some farmers in the side with families who've left the farms.


hussain
England face Zimbabwe at Lord's on 18 May
"But as far as additional pressure is concerned, I don't think it'll effect the side.

"When you're playing this level of sport there are always distractions and this is another distraction which shouldn't affect our on-field performance."

Flower admitted England would enter the series as favourites, although history suggests the contest is likely to be competitive.

England and Zimbabwe have only ever faced each other twice in Tests - both were drawn - and of the 12 one-day internationals played, each side has a success rate of 50 per cent.

"England are definitely the favourites," Flower said.

"They have a high quality batting attack and considerable talent amongst their bowlers.

"We'll have to play very well and get ourselves in order to compete."

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
Cricket Contents

See also:

20 Apr 00 | Cricket
Triumph in adversity?
25 Apr 00 | Cricket
Zimbabwe: player-by-player guide
24 Apr 00 | Cricket
Gough propels Yorks into quarters
24 Apr 00 | Cricket
Donald out to lay the ghosts
23 Apr 00 | Cricket
Sussex win thriller
Links to other Cricket stories are at the foot of the page.