Can we still trust Elton?

HARARE - Zimbabwe Cricket convener of selectors Kenyon Ziehl says Elton Chigumbura’s captaincy will be one of areas to be reviewed when his panel meets for the post-mortem of the India and New Zealand incoming tours.

Zimbabwe struggled against a second string Indian side, losing the ODI series 3-0 before drawing the Twenty20 series 1-1.

Against New Zealand, the locals started off well again with a seven-wicket win in the first ODI that many hoped would be an omen of things to come.

However, far from that assertion, it proved to be a false dawn as inconsistency set in, opening the door for the Black Caps to bounce back to win the second match by 10 wickets.

Zimbabwe held the Aces in the series decider and even had the Black Caps at their mercy with a first wicket stand of 97 runs chasing 273 for victory.

But any hope of ending a 15-year wait to beat a major cricketing nation went up in smoke as they capitulated to a 38-run defeat.

An 80-run crushing defeat in the only Twenty20 match summed up the hosts’ miserable outing.

Although he was coming back from injury, captain Elton Chigumbura scored a paltry 34 runs at an average of 11 in the three matches against the Black Caps.

Chigumbura scored a measly two runs in the Twenty20 match.   

“We will sit down as a technical team, analyse and do post-mortem of India and New Zealand and come up with a solution and way forward,” Ziehl said in reference to  Chigumbura’s captaincy.

Ziehl, who took over from Givemore Makoni last month, was pleased with the current crop of players but said they were keeping an open mind on the availability of players plying their trade in the United Kingdom.

“I think the pool of players we have got are the best we have around,” he said.

“There are some young players in the UK playing club cricket and we welcome them back to have a look when they get back at the end of the month.

“But currently, we have a good group of players. I think they have learnt a lot since the world cup.

“In the recent two series against India and New Zealand I have seen a lot of potential. I have seen areas we can work on before the incoming Pakistan Tour. We are looking at the areas we need to improve on.

“I think our bowling at the end of the innings is weakening and just the general atmosphere around the squad we need to tighten up. I think the batting needs to be tweaked a bit.”

Man-of-the-series against the Black Caps, Graig Ervine, who amassed 174 runs across the three ODI matches averaging 87, believes Zimbabwe needs more game time if they are to become consistent.

“I think playing lots of cricket is obviously one way we can become consistent. It doesn’t help when you play a series today and we have six weeks without any cricket. You feel like you are not really going anywhere,” he said.

“But if you play constantly, the guys that get into form can sustain that form for longer and those off colour get into form.

“So, I think it’s a case of playing as many games as we can.”

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