ZIMBABWE Cricket (ZC) has announced the Zimbabwe XI that will take on Australia “A” in a three-day match starting tomorrow.
The hosts will field the core of the team that is expected to play in the One-Day International series against India next week.
Prosper Utseya and Sean Williams two of Zimbabwe’s key players have both been rested in the three day-match as selectors give Mike Chinouya and Tymcen Maruma.
National selectors chairman Givemore Makoni said that Zimbabwe will be taking the three-day match as preparation for the India series.
“We are treating the three-day match against Australia “A” seriously, we have selected the team that is likely to play in the first ODI but we have rested Utseya and Williams,” said Makoni. “We want to see what the other guys can do; we know what Utseya and Williams have to offer so we have excluded them for this match.”
There is no place in the team for spinner Graeme Cremer while Natsai Mushangwe has been included.
Tendai Chatara has been preferred ahead of Brian Vitori who is the 12th man while Kyle Jarvis has also been included.
The Australians have travelled with a strong squad that includes David Warner who is in the Ashes squad, but has been released to go out and get some runs before he rejoins the rest of the squad in the UK.
Aaron Finch will captain the Australian side while Pat Cummings, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh and Tim Paine are also in Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe XI: Raza Butt, Vusi Sibanda, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor (c), Malcolm Waller, Tymcen Maruma, Elton Chigumbura, Natsai Mushangwe, Mike Chinouya, Tendai Chatara, and Kyle Jarvis. 12th man, Brian Vitori
Australia “A”: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Doolan, Pat Cummings, Josh Hazlewood, Nic Madison, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Chadd Sayers, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Fawad Ahmed, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Gurinder Sandhu and David Warner.