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March 5, 2011

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Sean Williams plays a slog-sweep, Australia v Zimbabwe, Group A, World Cup 2011, Ahmedabad, February 21, 2011
Sean William played Zimbabwe's first two matches for the World Cup, but will miss the rest of the tournament with a finger injury © AFP
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Sean Williams, the Zimbabwe left-hand batsman, has been forced to pull out of the rest of the World Cup with a fractured thumb and will be replaced by batsman Vusi Sibanda. William fractured his right thumb during a training session on Thursday in Ahmedabad, a day before Zimbabwe's clash with New Zealand. He missed the match, and after gaining the ICC's approval, Zimbabwe announced Sibanda as his replacement.

Williams featured in Zimbabwe's first two matches of the tournament, scoring 28 against Australia and 30 against Canada.

The call up for Sibanda means Hamilton Masakadza, one of Zimbabwe's most experienced batsmen and a surprise exclusion from the original World Cup squad, continues to be ignored. Sibanda has played 85 one-day internationals himself, and featured in Zimbabwe's 2007 World Cup campaign. He lost his place in the squad for Zimbabwe's tours of South Africa and Bangladesh last year, and consequently for the 2011 World Cup, after a string of poor scores in 2010.

His recall comes on the back of a strong showing in Zimbabwe's domestic four-day competition, the Castle Logan Cup, in which he has scored three centuries this season for Mid West Rhinos.

Williams is the fourth player Zimbabwe have had to replace since they announced their original squad of 15. Sean Ervine pulled out of the squad in order to continue playing for Hampshire. His replacement Tino Mawoyo then had to pull out too, due to an abdominal muscle tear and Terry Duffin was called in. Zimbabwe also lost seamer Ed Rainsford to an ankle injury, with Tinashe Panyangara coming in as his replacement.

Zimbabwe's next match is against Sri Lanka on March 10 in Pallekele.


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Posted by Trevor on (March 8, 2011, 13:29 GMT)

i love zim crickect, i really do. i believe they can play better cricket, Hamilton deserved to be dropped, so did Chigumbura. If Zim was serious about going beyond the final im sure player like Sikander Butt Raza should have opened for Zim. He plays unbelievable cricket as an opener. My XI for zim would be 1)Raza 2)Taylor 3)Taibu 4)Ervine 5)Coventry 6)Cremer 7)Utseya 8)Lamb 9)Price 10)Mpofu 11)Jarvis

Posted by Bryton on (March 8, 2011, 11:29 GMT)

@ponting_will_rise : to say I agree (vis Coventry)...would be an overkill, as for Greg Lamb v Ewing:

In the domestic league (to compare apples with apples) Lamb has an average of 60 compared to Ewing's 20, a SR of 105 compared to Ewing's 66, a HS of 96 compared with Ewing's 41....I think that would be enough reason to take Lamb over Ewing. Now if anyone can give me a similar argument of Coventry, Sibanda, and co. over Masakadza, I'd be most greatful.

Posted by ZCF on (March 8, 2011, 9:50 GMT)

Based on Lamb's poor batting and his relatively small age difference with Gavin Ewing. How on earth do you pick Lamb ahead of Ewing when he's a genuine allrounder! It's time to drop Coventry now. I like the guy but he's had his chance opening. He's too good to be ignored but now it's safe to say that ne ball duties are beyond his abilities.

Posted by Bryton on (March 8, 2011, 6:48 GMT)

Just to illustrate my point on selection inconsistencies, in the 3 yrs leading to the WC: Taylor: 42 Matches, 100s (3), 50s (9), ave(39) SR(80), HS (145*) // Hamilton: 56 Matches, 100s (3), 50s (10), ave(32) SR(82), HS (178*)// Coventry:23 Matches, 100s (1), 50s (2), ave(30) SR(91), HS (194*)// Sibanda:27 Matches, 100s (0), 50s (3), ave(17) SR(54), HS (95)//

Duffin and Mawoyo, did not play any ODIs at all in this period! so we use the current local 40 over formatt to judge:

Duffin: 7 Matches, 100s (0), 50s (2), ave(37) SR(78), HS (88)// Mawoyo: 7 Matches, 100s (0), 50s (3), ave(30) SR(75),HS (73)// Hamilton: 4 Matches, 100s (0), 50s (1), ave(29) SR(80), HS (71)// Taylor: 4 Matches, 100s (0), 50s (1), ave(28) SR(134), HS (67) // Sibanda:5 Matches, 100s (0), 50s (1), ave(22) SR(71), HS (58)// Coventry:6 Matches, 100s(0), 50s (0), ave(18) SR(108), HS (29)//

So what criteria was used to drop Hamilton Masakadza? And note none of these were as opener for incumbent Coventry!

Posted by Bryton on (March 8, 2011, 6:05 GMT)

Finally everyone can see what I saw when then still a rumour we were told Hamilton would be droped, and next still as a rumour Coventry would open. I protested this insanity, alas I have been proved right, unfortunately. We need a professional brains trust, one that works on merit. On merit, Chigumbura doesnt deserve to be in the team, let alone captain it, for some captaincy is a catalyst (e.g. Strauss, Ponting of old, Michael Clarke (during the ODIs vs Eng), for others its a total distraction Chigumbura is in the latter. He has been off for so long, and if Hamilton was dropped for form he should been the 1st to go. Hamilton had a horrible tour of SA, was dropped for Bangla, and brought back in mid way thru tht series, yes he suffered, but Coventry hardly did better. As for Sibanda, he is a test player (check the records), ODI record is ordinary, definitely not better than Hamilton's. So tell me, now that Taylor is going thru a patch do we drop him too? Looking on with interest.

Posted by Justin on (March 7, 2011, 11:08 GMT)

The selectors haven't done Zimbabwe any favours.

Right from the outset I thought they were far too "bowler heavy" and the inclusion of three keepers in the squad was excessive as well.

Zimbabwe have too few batsmen and going into a World Cup with a pinch hitter to open was always asking for trouble.

I would have included Masakadza, Sibanda, and Chibhabha in the squad at the expense of Duffin, Chakabva, and one of the pacemen. In fact I wouldn't be playing any pacemen in the Zimbabwean side as their strength is spin bowling and that is what the Zimbabweans should be doing, playing to their strengths rather than their weaknesses.

My preferred starting XI in batting order, therefore, would have been as follows:

H.Masakadza, V.Sibanda, C.Chibhabha, B.Taylor, C.Coventry, E.Chigumbura, T.Taibu, P.Utseya, G.Cremer, G.Lamb, R.Price.

That's the problem with Zimbabwean cricket in my opinion, always failing to put their best foot forward and never playing positively enough.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 7, 2011, 10:20 GMT)

zim selectors never cease to amaze me, especially with the injuries. tino mawoyo back in the local league and making big scores afta an allegd injury!!!!!!!???can sm1 explain to me and leaving out hamilton

Posted by tupee on (March 6, 2011, 23:22 GMT)

ummmm there might be more too this masakadza issue bt all the same l feel player like him and chigumbura need to learn that they are not Zimbabwe that is if the selectors are being genuinely professional but they are not thats another dimension all together , l do have faith in Sibanda he should been there from the onset considering Hamiltom had been left out how could Cambell decide to experiment at the world cuo who does that

Posted by budirirai on (March 6, 2011, 11:01 GMT)

i dont want to see masakadza in the squad. he has performed badly in the team for a long time now. very unrealiable but i have to say on a very good day he makes a half century. dropping vusi was a huge mistake now that he has been included he should open with "mr patient" Duffin. then taylor, ervine, taibu,coventry,e lton, cremer, lamb, price,panyangara

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 5, 2011, 22:11 GMT)

Well it could be a blessing ,the selector need to take drastic action in rearranging the team .i would pick the following to deal with collapse of our batting : Taylor, Duffin, Taibu,Ervine,Sibanda,Cremer,Utseya,Lamb,Price,Mpofu,Chigumbura/Chikabva. Our captain should be dropped he has failed to perform and Conventry may be put in the lower the order but these are just extras toothless .

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