Mawoyo on verge of return

HARARE - Zimbabwe cricket top order batsman Tino Mawoyo has made a hint that he might be available for selection for next month’s home ODI series against India.

The talented opener from Mutare described by national team assistant coach Steve Mangongo as the “most technically correct batsman” resumed rehabilitation and gym work following a nagging groin injury.

Mawoyo has been sidelined by the groin injury for the past four months and could make a quick return to the Zimbabwe squad currently in camp preparing for India’s visit.

The Zimbabwe squad of 24 players has been going through their paces with newly appointed coach Andy Waller since the end of May in preparation to face the newly crowned ICC Champions Trophy winners.

“I have just been doing some rehab and light work in the gym with the physiotherapist (Amato Machikicho), working mainly on the upper body,” Mawoyo told the Daily News yesterday.

“I’m not batting at the moment and I will keep on working hard until such a time when I can be able to join the rest of the squad in camp.”

Mawoyo missed the full home series against Bangladesh at a time he had been transformed from being a specialist Test batsman to play across all the three formats including ODIs andTwenty20s.

The Mountaineers batsman is aware of the challenges that he faces in his endeavour to reclaim his spot in the national team as competition for the top order slot intensifies.

“It’s been a tough couple of months for me, I know a lot of guys have stepped up during my absence but that’s the nature of the game and I have to fight my own battle to be considered for selection once I regain my fitness,” he said.

“I would like to get back as soon as I can but at the moment I can’t say when as the physio has told me to take it day by day.

“If it can be against India next month that will be good for me and hopefully for the team as well but if I don’t make it then I will have to wait for Pakistan in August.”

Meanwhile, team manager Bond Nayato said that Mawoyo is making a steady recovery.

“Mawoyo is training with the rest of the squad and of course he has his own specific training programme as he is on the mend but the most important aspect is that he’s recovering steadily,” Nayato told the Daily News.

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