Australia arrives for 1st Zim tour in 10 years
Australia cricket team arrives for 1st tour to Zimbabwe in 10 years
Associated Press
2014-08-21 11:01 PM

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Australia's cricketers have arrived for their first tour of Zimbabwe in a decade, promising to play hard and shrugging off questions over the morality of the trip.

Australia avoided playing in the troubled southern African country for 10 years from 2004, partly in protest over the rule of longtime president Robert Mugabe.

Australia allrounder Mitchell Marsh, whose father Geoff once coached Zimbabwe, was asked on Thursday at Harare International Airport if it was right to come to Zimbabwe now. Marsh replied: "I'm not the right person to ask."

Marsh did say the Australian team came with "a good attitude" and intended to play "hard cricket" in the triangular one-day series also involving Zimbabwe and South Africa.

The tournament begins on Monday at Harare Sports Club with Australia vs. Zimbabwe.

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