PJ hopes for Moor runs

HARARE - On song Zimbabwe batsman PJ Moor takes cognisant of the fact that form is temporary but says his desire is to keep improving and giving fans the joy they deserve.

The 25-year-old’s most recent innings of 157 from 222 were the hallmark of the first unofficial Test match against Pakistan A that ended in a stalemate at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo last week.

“It was obviously very satisfying to get some runs against Pakistan A. I suppose it could possibly be because of the way I train and the way I want to continuously get better and better,” Moor tells the Daily News on Sunday.

“Anyone who knows cricket will know it’s not always going to be like this and there will be a time when I am struggling for runs, but a role model of mine, Brendan Taylor once told me that when you are doing well you should practice even harder. So over the last few months I have relatively good success on the field but I have also worked twice as hard off the field.”

His goal is a simple one.

“I’m extremely patriotic about my country and I want to win games for Zimbabwe and give our loyal supporters the joy they deserve; that’s my only aspiration at the moment and that pretty much sums up my personal goals at the moment,” he says.

Born in Harare as Peter Joseph Moor in a cricketing family, it was easy to grasp the concept and naturally he gravitated towards the game at the tender age of five.

“I think it was definitely not by accident. My family are cricket-mad; my grandfather and dad were good cricketers from Norton and my uncle played for Zimbabwe Country Districts. Both my brothers, Richard and Anthony played good cricket too, so I grew up with the bat in my hands,” he says.

“I think probably my first competitive match was in Grade Three or Four at St John’s Prep School. I think as a kid I played cricket just to be around my friends and because I enjoyed it.

“It probably shaped me as a person more than anything. Learning to play in a team environment and getting to know people better. At that age it’s most about having fun and being active as kid.”

The Mid West Rhinos wicketkeeper-batsman was rewarded for his fine form in the domestic franchise league and was handed his Test debut in August against New Zealand. He scored a half century (71) in the first innings of his debut.

After that promising start, he was given the Zim A captaincy against the Sri Lankan development side.

It seems leadership ability runs in his blood stream having been the first student to be head boy at both St John’s Prep and St John’s College, an honour he is still proud of even to this day.

“Because I knew of the struggle my parents went through to send me to such a good school it made it an even greater honour and I am still very grateful that I was bestowed with the role of leading my school,” he says.

“During that era things were very difficult for everyone and because they had to send four children to school at the same time, it was obviously not easy for any parent. I’m one of those people who is very passionate about my school and I still follow everything that goes on there closely, but from a distance.”

Moor holds the highest individual score at St John’s College of 214 not out against Churchill who were the strongest cricketing school that particular year.

Churchill comprised of players such as Simon Mugava, Dean Mazhawidza and Edzai Jaure among other players and most of them went on the represent Zimbabwe U19 while also playing at domestic level.

“I often joke with a few cricketers from Churchill that I play with today about it,” he says.

Moor has represented Zimbabwe age group sides from the U13, U14, U16 and U19s and now his aim is to cement his place in the national team.

He is not married yet and this is how he socialises when he is not playing cricket “I have a very close family so family time is how I like to spend my time away from cricket,” Moor says.

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