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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 19 March, 2003, 07:54 GMT
Flower to play in Australia
Andy Flower
Flower will continue to play for Essex in the county championship
Zimbabwe World Cup star Andy Flower has signed a three-year contract with South Australia.

Flower, who retired from international cricket after the co-hosts' elimination from the tournament, had been in negotiations with the Redbacks for five months.

The 34-year-old batsman, a veteran of 63 Tests and 213 one-dayers, will arrive in Adelaide with his family in September.

South Australia Cricket Association chief executive Michael Deare was elated with his new recruit.

"Andy is a world-renowned cricketer and we are absolutely delighted that he has agreed to join the Redbacks for the next three years," Deare said.

"He'll bring not only his outstanding cricket ability but also leadership skills.

"We think he will contribute substantially to the squad and the performance on the field. He's an outstanding batsman."

Flower, who scored 4,794 Test runs at an average of 51.54, was voted international player of the year in 2000 by his peers.

During the World Cup, Flower and team-mate Henry Olonga caused controversy by wearing black arm bands to signify "the death of democracy" in Zimbabwe.

Flower will continue to play for Essex during the Australian winter.

Links to more Zimbabwe stories


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