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English cricket team in Zimbabwe in 1996–97
English cricket team in Zimbabwe in 1996–97
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg
Zimbabwe
Flag of England
England
Dates 15 December 1996 – 3 January 1997
Captains Alistair Campbell Mike Atherton
Test series
Result 2-match series drawn 0–0
Most runs Alistair Campbell (135) Alec Stewart (241)
Most wickets Paul Strang (10) Robert Croft (8)
One Day International series
Result Zimbabwe won the 3-match series 3–0
Most runs Alistair Campbell (126) Alec Stewart (96)
Most wickets Eddo Brandes (7) Darren Gough (7)

The English cricket team toured Zimbabwe for a two-match Test series and a three-match One Day International (ODI) series between 15 December 1996 and 3 January 1997. The Test series was drawn 0–0 and Zimbabwe won the ODI series 3–0. It was England's first senior tour of Zimbabwe.

Test series

1st Test

18–22 December 1996
Scorecard
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
376 (137.5 overs)
v Flag of England England
406 (151.4 overs)
Match drawn
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
Umpires: Steve Dunne (NZ) and Ian Robinson (Zim)
Player of the match: Nick Knight (Eng)
Andy Flower 112 (331)
Chris Silverwood 3/63 (18 overs)
Nasser Hussain 113 (278)
Paul Strang 5/123 (58.4 overs)
234 (101 overs) 204/6 (37 overs)
Guy Whittall 56 (184)
Phil Tufnell 4/61 (31 overs)
Nick Knight 96 (117)
Paul Strang 2/63 (14 overs)
  • Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat.

2nd Test

26–30 December 1996
Scorecard
Flag of England England
156 (83.1 overs)
v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
215 (105 overs)
Match drawn
Harare Sports Club, Harare
Umpires: K. T. Francis (Sri), Russell Tiffin (Zim)
Player of the match: Grant Flower (Zim)
John Crawley 47* (169)
Guy Whittall 4/18 (16 overs)
Grant Flower 73 (255)
Darren Gough 4/40 (26 overs)
195/3 (93 overs)
Alec Stewart 101* (267)
Paul Strang 2/42 (26 overs)
  • Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to field.
  • No play on day five because of overnight rain.

ODI series

1st ODI

15 December 1996
Scorecard
Flag of England England
152 (45.5 overs)
v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
153/8 (43.5 overs)
Zimbabwe won by 2 wickets
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
Umpires: Quintin Goosen (Zim) and Russell Tiffin (Zim)
Player of the match: Alistair Campbell (Zim)
Nasser Hussain 49* (87)
John Rennie 3/27 (8 overs)
Andy Waller 48 (71)
Alan Mullally 2/24 (10 overs)
  • Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to field.

2nd ODI

1 January 1997
Scorecard
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
200 (48.5 overs)
v Flag of England England
179/7 (42 overs)
Zimbabwe won by 6 runs
Harare Sports Club, Harare
Umpires: Graeme Evans (Zim) and Ian Robinson (Zim)
Player of the match: John Crawley (Eng), Paul Strang (Zim)
Andy Flower 63 (114)
Darren Gough 4/43 (8.5 overs)
John Crawley 73 (109)
Paul Strang 3/24 (9 overs)
  • England won the toss and elected to field.
  • Because of rain England were chasing a revised target of 185 from 42 overs.

3rd ODI

3 January 1997
Scorecard
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
249/7 (50 overs)
v Flag of England England
118 (30 overs)
Zimbabwe won by 131 runs
Harare Sports Club, Harare
Umpires: Russell Tiffin (Zim) and Ian Robinson (Zim)
Player of the match: Eddo Brandes (Zim)
Alistair Campbell 80* (103)
Alan Mullally 1/39 (10 overs)
Craig White 1/39 (7 overs)
Ronnie Irani 1/39 (10 overs)
Robert Croft 30* (37)
Eddo Brandes 5/28 (10 overs)
  • England won the toss and elected to field.
  • Eddo Brandes takes the first ODI hat-trick for Zimbabwe.


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