Calls for Ervine’s national team return intensify

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Former Zimbabwe all-rounder Sean Ervine has returned to domestic cricket as calls for him to come back to the national side amplify owing to the team’s continued decline.

Report by Staff Writer

Ervine has been holding out for a place in the England national team: a dream which looks like it will remain just that.

He came close to returning to the national side ahead of the 2011 World Cup, only to make a U-turn on the eve of the global showcase.
Sean, brother to Craig who plays for Zimbabwe, has since signed for Tuskers where he hit 94 runs on debut in their 50 overs match on Wednesday.

With action taking a break at his base in County cricket where he plays for Hampshire, Ervine will keep himself warmed up with action in the domestic league.

But once again administrators will take the opportunity to resume talks to bring back the talented all-rounder whose experience would be vital for Zimbabwe’s fortunes in all formats of the game.

But the fact that he does not want to risk his contract at Hampshire by becoming an overseas player subject to the quota system means it will be tough to convince him.

He has played five Tests and 42 ODIs for Zimbabwe.

Ervine helped tuskers post 237 in their 50 overs before he also impressed with the ball, taking one wicket in his six overs bowling spell ending with an economy of 3.33.

He was not so successful in the T-20 league clash with the same opponents, but his ability cannot be doubted.

Meanwhile Sean Williams who is expected back in the game after a year’s break is yet to play for his team, Tuskers.

Williams dumped cricket for hockey last year over unpaid allowances and match fees, but has since been talked into coming back, which is a boost for the national team.

In their one day clash with Mid West Rhinos Mountaineers suffered a thumping defeat when they were bowled out for just 66 runs, before Rhinos romped home in 12.1 overs.

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