Mutombodzi on the mend

HARARE - Mashonaland Eagles captain Tino Mutombodzi is hoping to bounce back to international limited overs in tomorrow’s second ODI between Zimbabwe A and the South African Emerging at Harare Sports Club.

The national cricket team fringe all-rounder sustained a strain on his left leg in Zimbabwe A’s defeat in the first unofficial Test match played in Bulawayo relegating the 26-year-old to the terraces for the second match that ended in draw.

Yesterday, Mutombodzi went about his business in the nets batting during the first unofficial One Day International and expressed hope that he would be ready to play in tomorrow’s match if selected by the technical department.

“I think I’m getting better with each passing day and if what I’m feeling today as I practice is anything to get by then I should be good to go if I’m selected to be in the team,” Mutombodzi told the Daily News yesterday.

“I have taken some precautionary rest as advised by the team doctor which has worked pretty well.

“It’s always disappointing to miss out in the team after getting an opportunity like I did and particularly an opportunity to play in the longer version of the game but hope to do well as a team if I am to take any further part in this series.”

Zimbabwe Cricket communications and media manager Darlington Majonga confirmed Mutombodzi’s injury and said the medical personnel will continue to assess him.

“ . . . sustained left-side strain while bowling for Zimbabwe A in the first four-day match against the visiting South Africa Emerging side in Bulawayo last week. He has, however, been on the mend and will be assessed before he can be considered for nest matches,” Majonga told the Daily News.

Mutombodzi’s cricket career began at the age of nine at Chengu Primary School in Highfield. He has represented Zimbabwe at Under-13, U-14, U-16s and played in the U19 World Cup squad twice in 2008 in Malaysia and in New Zealand in 2010.

“Most credit goes to my coach Isiah Makiyi who started with me from scratch and I also got help from many different coaches along the way,” said Mutombodzi.

He has played 11 ODIs for the senior men national team after making his debut in February 2013 against West Indies away at St George’s and he is still to make his Test debut.

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