Zimbabwe in South Africa, 2006-07 August 26, 2006

Zimbabwe likely to retain winning side

Cricinfo staff

Zimbabwe are likely to retain the same side that completed a 3-2 one-day triumph over Bangladesh for their short tour to South Africa next month. Zimbabwe have been slotted in for three one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match in the aftermath of South Africa's withdrawal from the eventually aborted tri-series involving Sri Lanka and India.

Kevin Curran, the national coach and member of the selection panel, told The Zimbabwe Independent that the opportunity to play South Africa was just what his practice-lacking side needed. "The only way we can improve is by playing better and stronger opposition," he said. "We will pick the squad from guys who played against Bangladesh."

Prior to their departure on September 10, Zimbabwe will host three one-day fixtures against the touring Australian Commonwealth Bank Centre of Excellence squad.