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Grant Flower
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Grant Flower

Zimbabwe
Grant Flower

INTL CAREER: 1992 - 2010

Full Name

Grant William Flower

Born

December 20, 1970, Salisbury (now Harare)

Age

50y 354d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Slow left arm orthodox

Height

5ft 10in

Education

St George's College, Harare

relations

(brother)

Other

Coach

TEAMS

The younger brother of Andy Flower, Grant was an experienced top-order batsman who began his career as an opener but then slipped down to No. 6 after success there in one-day internationals. Grant had the stubborn temperament needed to play long innings, but was also a powerful hitter when required. He was also a brilliant fielder anywhere close to the wicket, and a handy left-arm spinner at one-day level, although his bowling action was questioned occasionally.

After an impressive start to international cricket, including 82 on his debut against India in October 1992 and an unbeaten double-hundred in Zimbabwe's first ever Test win, his average in both forms of the game gradually crept down. Asked to open the batting on the 2003 England tour after his brother Andy's retirement, he failed to lead his side out of trouble, except for a matchwinning 96 not out at Trent Bridge in the NatWest Series. A broken thumb ruled him out of the 2003-04 Australian tour, meaning that for the first time in 15 years, the name `Flower' would not be on a full Zimbabwe team scoresheet.

He emerged during the dispute between the Zimbabwe board and the rebel players as spokesman for the latter, speaking his mind with courage. An introverted but amiable character, he is a fitness fanatic and spends hours in the gym. In 2004 he announced his retirement from international cricket, although that had already in effect been sealed by the dispute between the rebels and the ZCU, and signed a contract with Essex, where Andy had already established himself.

Flower spent six successful seasons with Essex, guiding the club to victory in the Friends Provident Trophy in 2008 and playing a key role in the claiming of the NatWest Pro40 Division Two title in 2009. He enjoyed a productive limited-overs season in 2010 with 527 runs at 65.87, but couldn't quite help his side to any silverware as they crashed out in the semi-finals of both the 40-over and Twenty20 competitions. In a remarkable turn-around in his relations with ZC, Flower returned to Zimbabwe and took up the post of batting coach of the national side after his final season with Essex in October 2010. He made an international comeback too, playing two ODIs against South Africa, but with limited success, and also returned to domestic cricket in Zimbabwe, captaining Mashonaland Eagles to the domestic Twenty20 title in 2010-11. It appeared a final World Cup hurrah might be on the cards, but Flower bowed out of competitive cricket before Zimbabwe's trip to Bangladesh in November 2010 and turned his full attention to coaching.
Geoffrey Dean and Liam Brickhill November 2010

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test6712363457201*29.541001334.5261534916430
ODI221214186571142*33.52972367.58640860
FC1883182510898243*37.1923581740
List A3663453710758148*34.9213691400
T206147117236120.08651111.0502773170
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test676033781537254/418/10461.482.73135.1200
ODI221156546242251044/324/3240.624.6452.5200
FC1881251156051667/3133.762.6875.330
List A366896267251884/324/3235.774.5047.6300
T206124358473243/203/2019.707.9214.9000
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Recent Matches - Player

MATCHBATBOWLDATEGROUNDFORMAT
Int XI vs Asian XI13--12-May-2012TorontoOTHERT20
Eagles vs Rhinos0*--21-Nov-2010HarareT20
Eagles vs Tuskers0--20-Nov-2010HarareT20
Eagles vs Tuskers29--14-Nov-2010HarareT20
Eagles vs Rocks20/1313-Nov-2010HarareT20

Photos


Pelting rain can't stop Sri Lanka's batting coach Grant Flower from having a run
Grant Flower gives some throwdowns during a Pakistan training session
Grant Flower watches Umar Gul bowl during a practice session in Lahore
Asad Shafiq has a chat with Grant Flower
Grant Flower addresses the media in Lahore
Former Zimbabwe batsman Grant Flower believes that the ICC have finally grown weary of the perennial sagas at ZC