Zim cricket reaches milestone

HARARE - Zimbabwe will reach a milestone of 100 Test matches when they take on Sri Lanka this morning at Harare Sports Club.

There is also another possibility of Zimbabwe capping their 100th Test player with seamer Taurai Muzarabani, Tarisai Musakanda (batsman) and Carl Mumba (medium seamer) all in line to make their debuts in the longer format.

Zimbabwe coach Heath Streak said he will not be taking any prisoners and would rather risk a loss in pursuit of victory and hopes the milestone will be celebrated with a win.

“It’s a nice stat as far as the 100th Test and the possibility of a 100th Test cap is certainly on the cards for tomorrow (today) so that will be something special and hopefully it’s gonna be made more special if we can go out there and really put up a good show and come out with a victory,” Streak said yesterday.

Zimbabwe has also recorded 53 centuries in the 99 Test matches they have played to date and the former captain is one of those players to have scored a century.

“ . . . For me I was more known as a bowler so it was a special occasion, I mean everyone loves to score runs but to score a Test century was something that I really cherished and enjoyed and looking forward to hopefully one or two of our guys doing that during the course of this Test,” Streak said.

“We are under no illusion that they (Sri Lanka) are a good side even without the likes of Angelo Mathews and with a few young guys they have just come off the high; they have beaten Australia at home so they will be confident but they lack a little bit of experience that they had back at home in terms of the conditions and also personnel so we gonna try and make the best of that.”

Mid West Rhinos batsman PJ Moor is set to play in his second Test after making his debut against New Zealand in August.

Moor might be handed the wicket-keeping gloves after Richmond Mutumbami was dropped from the 15-man squad.

Another player with keeping abilities, Regis Chakabva is also in the squad and the selectors will make their choice this morning.

“It’s a consideration and obviously we will finalise the team . . . but he has done it in the past; PJ is a super fit guy, he works hard he’s a great role model as a young guy for other youngsters in terms of his work ethic and what he does.”

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