We urgently need DRS

HARARE - Yet again the score books will suggest that the second Test played between Zimbabwe and New Zealand at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo was a one sided affair.

And, for the casual reader who glances at the result, they would certainly think that Zimbabwe were and probably always will be out of their depth.

This would be a terribly poor assessment by those who are determined to see Zimbabwe out of the Test arena, for although a 254 run defeat is never a pleasant situation to deal with, the hosts made the Black Caps work a great deal harder than most people gave Zimbabwe credit for.

The first Test lasted until just after the tea break on the fourth day, and the second until 30 minutes or so after lunch on the fifth day, considerably longer than most naysayers predicted before the series started.

The biggest talking point of the second Test match is sadly none of the players’ performances, but the appalling display of incompetence shown by umpire Paul Reiffel from Australia.

Reiffel's umpiring has been disgraceful throughout the series, and what was even more disturbing were the constant string of poor decisions he made against Zimbabwe.

There were at least three poor decisions in the first Test, and another five in Zimbabwe's second innings of the second Test, which consequently knocked the stuffing as well as the confidence out of Zimbabwe.

The Decision Review System (DRS) is something that must be used at all times, to try and protect teams like Zimbabwe against umpires who quite clearly have a problem officiating in Test matches which in their mind have very little if any importance.

Decisions such as the incompetence of Reiffel, may even go as far as making Zimbabwe feel obliged to once again withdraw from Test cricket, which would surely spell the end of the game in this country.

In truth, we have a group of players who have potential, but are grossly underperforming at all levels, and perhaps a well trained panel from the ICC should be sent here to evaluate the players, and more importantly the various infrastructures in the country.

It has also been suggested that a sports psychologist should be called in to work with the team. This method was used a few years ago, and sadly didn't work, however.

And there is a big however.

The psychologist who was used wasn't a cricket psychologist, and knew absolutely nothing about the game, so she was unable to mentally prepare the team to respond in different situations a cricket team find themselves in.

Some of the players who need mentioning, are Chamu Chibhabha who scored a fluent 60 at the top of the order, PJ Moor, who showed tremendous maturity in his first Test match, and of course Craig Ervine who's shot selection was outstanding in his innings of 146.

Donald Tiripano has on more than one occasion shown that he has real potential and promises to be the country's number one allrounder, and one also feels that Tino Mawoyo is only one game away from emulating the 163* he made against Pakistan in 2011.

Sadly, the players will be taking another forced break from the game, as we eagerly await the arrival of Sri Lanka who will play another couple of Tests at the end of October, but we can only hope that ZC have made provisions for the squad to have some sort of first class match practice leading up to Sri Lanka's arrival.

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