Dav demands more

HARARE - Zimbabwe cricket coach Dav Whatmore has challenged his batsmen to take a responsible approach in today’s ODI series opener against Pakistan at Harare Sports Club.

The hosts go into this ODI series low on confidence after a 2-0 defeat in the Twenty20 series on Tuesday.  

Zimbabwe’s bowlers put in a good shift during the Twenty20 series but were let down by the batsmen, who on two occasions failed to chase totals of 136.  

Youthful all-rounder Luke Jongwe had a memorable Twenty20 debut by taking three wickets in the two matches.

Jongwe and experienced seamer Tinashe Panyangara were the standout bowlers for the hosts.

“We are very pleased with young Luke (Jongwe) you can see in his first match he was a typical debutant who’s very nervous and was doing jumping out of his skin.... I think he’s got good potential,” Whatmore said.

“I think we all can see the value if we continue to invest in Luke and develop him which we like to do and Tinashe Panyangara; good effort in both games and certainly it wasn’t because of them that we are here losing.”

However, the former Australian cricketer was not impressed with his batsmen.

“If we get more from the top order batsmen it would be handy. We lack a bit more stability at the top and our batting hasn’t been pretty good really overall this year,” he said.

“It’s just the last sort of three matches where we sort of dipped. It’s not just an exclusive problem for us it’s a problem for all developing sides that is teams that are ranked at the bottom.

“Most of them have the resources, it’s the software as I said earlier not so much the hardware, the hardware is good it’s the software that we need to upgrade so it’s the mental side that’s gonna be very important, cricket is played in there.

“We need to get one or two performances from individuals just like what Craig Ervine did for us against New Zealand but it’s a slow process.

“It’s not a quick fix, the answer comes from two or three different sources but initially it has to come from within that’s the major area you have to as a person learn you cannot only try and learn as quick as possible we got assistance from all different sorts of people but the main has to come from inside it’s a little bit of a slow process.”

Zimbabwe squad: Elton Chigumbura, Sikandar Raza, Brian Chari, Chamu Chibhabha, Graeme Cremer, Luke Jongwe, Neville Madziva, Hamilton Masakadza, Tino Mutombodzi, Richmond Mutumbami, John Nyumbu, Tinashe Panyangara, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams

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