January 4, 2011

Zimbabwe cricket

Another Flower wants to be a coach

Dustin Silgardo

Grant Flower, Zimbabwe's most capped Test player, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, saying he wants to concentrate on coaching. zimcricket.org interviews him about everything from his best phase in cricket to how the game can be improved in Zimbabwe, and discovers the one bowler he could never read was Muttiah Muralitharan.

Predictably, Grant feels that the greatest individual performance of his long career – he made his first-class debut in March 1990 – was his double-century against Pakistan in 1995, which included a partnership of 269 with his brother Andy. On the first morning at Harare Sports Club the Pakistan bowlers, spearheaded by Wasim Akram, were almost making the ball talk and reduced Zimbabwe’s top order to 42 for three. But Grant hung in there until he was joined by his brother Andy, who started to counter-attack as the ball lost its shine. Andy made 156, while Grant was still there when the declaration came at 544 for four, having scored 201 in almost eleven hours. This paved the way for Zimbabwe’s magnificent innings victory.

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