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12:00 AM, November 29, 2007 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 29, 2007

Windies arrive in Zimbabwe

A 15-man West Indies cricket squad arrived here late Tuesday to take on a rejuvenated Zimbabwe in a five-match ODI tour ahead of more serious matters in neighbouring South Africa.
There they will play three Tests and five ODI's over Christmas and the New Year.
After long flight delays on their complicated route from the Caribbean, the tourists' scheduled afternoon practice session Wednesday was threatened by stormy weather, and rain was also forecast for the first match on Friday.
West Indies have always done well against Zimbabwe, winning 25 of their 32 previous encounters, including against Zimbabwe teams much stronger than the current one.
Overall, Zimbabwe have lost 73 of 106 50-overs matches played against other full ICC members, but they have previously beaten Australia in a World Cup 50-overs match and last month they shocked Ricky Ponting's team with a 20-20 victory in a World Cup clash.
Zimbabwe have just returned from a tournament against strong South African domestic teams, winning the last match by 10 wickets, in which captain all-rounder Prosper Utseya figured with 115 not out and Hamilton Mazakadsa made 85.
Mazakadsa hit a maiden Test century against West Indies here on his debut at the age of 18, and the more senior players from the Caribbean will remember him well.
Zimbabwe will also rely heavily for runs from unorthodox Brendan Taylor and Elton Chigumbura, and also former captain Tatenda Taibu.
Unexpectedly back in the team from two seasons with Worcestershire is left-arm spinner Ray Price, nephew of Major golf championship winner Nick Price. So there is now plenty of experience among the Zimbabweans.
Although players such as Dwayne Smith, Pedro Collins and Corey Collymore are out of form or unfit, places in the West Indies lineup have opened up for Fidel Edwards, and debutant Brenton Parchment at the top of the order.
Undoubtedly Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul are licking lips for a happy hunting ground in the past.
The matches start early here because of limited daylight hours, and captains have taken to fielding first when winning the toss. But rain is likely to play a factor on the tour, which includes three matches in Harare and two in Bulawayo.
Zimbabwe are still operating around a large squad and will not name their final 13 until Friday.

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