ZIMBABWE’S preparations for their five-match One-Day International series against India set for next week (July 24) will get into full swing when they host a strong Australian “A” side in a once off three-day matches starting on Thursday in Harare.
Australia has named a strong side which has been further bolstered by the inclusion of opening batsman David Warner.
Zimbabwe A coach Stephen Mangongo told Standardsport that the three-day matches will give the technical side a chance to attend to areas which were a letdown during the Bangladesh tour.
“Australia has always brought a good side which has done the best in the past and helped improve our game,” said Mangongo.
He added that the series will present an opportunity to players to impress the selectors as they battle for places ahead of the India tour.
“It is important that we do well in the three-day game against Australia. It is an opportunity for the players to impress the selectors.
The selectors are expected to name the final team on Wednesday from national team players currently in camp.
The Australian team led by Aaron Finch includes Warner who seeks to regain his form before rejoining his counterparts in England in an ongoing Ashes series.
AJ Finch (captain), AJ Doolan, NM Coulter-Nile, Faad Ahmed, JR Hazlewood, Mc Henriques, Nj Maddinson, MR Marsh, SE Marsh, GJ Maxwell, TD Paine ( wk) GS Sandhu, Cj Sayers, DA Warner.