Tour of Zimbabwe 2001-02 Captain: Steve Waugh ?
Tour cancelled on 27 March
to be part of Australia’s
72nd Test tour
- May 2002)
Would have been the second
Test-playing tour of Zimbabwe by Australia
(previously toured in
This tour was planned to follow
the one-day series in South
On 20 March the Australian
Cricket Board Chief Executive, James
Sutherland, was cautious because of tensions in Zimbabwe following its presidential
elections two weeks before. He said that the cricket tour of Zimbabwe
would go ahead subject to concerns about safety.
A week later, once the
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade hadissued travel advice
warning Australian nationals against visiting Zimbabwe, the tour was cancelled on
The Board felt there were
unacceptable risks to the players and officials of encountering political
violence, possibly stemming from the Australian government’s part in having Zimbabwe
suspended from the Commonwealth.
The Zimbabwe Cricket Union
would not consider rescheduling the tour in a neutral country as this would
amount to admitting that it was unsafe to tour Zimbabwe
- where World Cup fixtures were to be held in a year’s time - and no other
countries were available to take Australia’s place.
South Africa 2001-02
v Pakistan in
and UAE 2002-03
tour of Zimbabwe
2004 (also cancelled)
None scheduled since.
of the named ODI tour party (15)
Opening batsmen Matthew Hayden, Jimmy Maher.
Middle-order batsmen: Darren
Lehmann, Damien Martyn, Ricky Ponting, Michael Bevan
All-rounders: Ian Harvey, Shane Watson
Spin bowlers: Shane
Warne, Nathan Hauritz
Gillespie, Andy Bichel, Brett Lee, Glenn McGrath.
A J Bichel
WK LHB vice-captain
J N Gillespie
N M Hauritz
D S Lehmann
G D McGrath
J P Maher
D R Martyn
R T Ponting
S K Warne
South Wales (3)
Vic Victoria (2)
Average age of team at time of scheduled first Test match
(25 April 2002) :
30 yrs 5 months.
ODI member of one-day
series squad v Zimbabwe
Appearances made before the tour
Warne 101, McGrath
84, Ponting 56, Gillespie 33, Gilchrist 31, Hayden 30,
Martyn 25, Lee 21, Bevan 18,
Bichel 6, Lehmann 5, Harvey 0,
Hauritz 0, Maher 0, Watson 0.
Trevor Hohns (chairman), Allan Border, David Boon and Andrew
The names of players for the
Test matches in Zimbabwe
were never announced.
Squad for one-day series announced: 4 March 2002.
Ponting was named on 16
February as captain of the side to play the one-day matches. It seems likely
that Steve Waugh would have been called back to take over the captaincy for
the 2 Test matches.
Test tour party due to be
announced: approx 26 March 2002
Time between selection for South Africa-Zimbabwe tour and
departure from Australia 15 days
(30 January - 14 February
Johannesburg Q Harare
The first match would have begun on Saturday 13 April
Time scheduled to spend in Zimbabwe 26 days
(approx 12 April - 8 May)
Responsibility would have rested with the National
Zimbabwe (1st ODI)
Zimbabwe (2nd ODI)
Zimbabwe (3rd ODI)
ZIMBABWE First Test
ZIMBABWE Second Test
§ one-day internationals
scheduled in Zimbabwe
before First Test: 13 days
(12 April - 25 April)
Other first-class matches
§ One-day internationals
The last match would have ended in Bulawayo on Tues 7 May.
Time scheduled to be away from Australia for South
(14 February to 8 May)
Travelex, the foreign exchange specialists, were the
international tour partners of the Australian Cricket Board and had sponsored
the tour. The Australian government had advised against travelling in Zimbabwe so
the Australian Board did not have to compensate the Zimbabwe Cricket Union or
I C C for not making the tour.
Countries prevented “by force majeure” from completing
international fixtures, or if directed by their governments not to do so, were
not penalised by the ICC so this did not affect the Australians’ position in
the ICC Test Championship rankings.