ZC happy with depth

HARARE – Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) is pleased with the depth that is now available to Heath Streak ahead of the historic four-day Boxing Day Test against South Africa.

This is mainly due to the retain into the fold of former captain Brendan Taylor and seamer Kyle Jarvis after they terminated their Kolpak contracts in England to return home.

The duo was part of the squad in the two-match Test series against the West Indies in Bulawayo in October.

Jarvis played in the first Test which Zimbabwe lost but was not available for the second match at Queens Sports Club due to injury.

Despite missing their main pace bowler, the home side was able to salvage a draw against the Caribbean tourists.

In Jarvis’ absence, the slow bowlers led by captain Graeme Cremer, Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza stepped up with the ball while Regis Chakabva made a quick turn-around with the bat to guide the team to a hard fought draw.

“I think if you look at our team on paper, we are a very good team. If you look at our top 11 and you put them down on a piece of paper, we are a good team,” ZC managing director Faisal Hasnain told the Daily News.

“We have quality players. The fact that Kyle was not able to play in the second match was a setback. I thought he bowled very well in the first match, the wickets were not meant for him.

“It was a big loss for us when he was not able to play in the second match because we were effectively a seamer short; you can’t go into a match with just one seamer but we did and we managed to draw that match of course.

“What it shows is that a team is not dependent on one or two people, everyone put up an all-round performance and at the end of the day you have got to give players time.

“I’m certain that BT, Kyle and others will continue (on the right track). BT is a quality player; Kyle is a quality bowler the statistics for the last two, three years where they have been playing County cricket are there for all to see and they will come to the party eventually, cricket is a game where anything can happen.”

Hasnain said he was also happy with the positive vibe inside the team’s dressing room resulting with the coming on board of the two experienced players.

“One thing that I’m very happy about is that the feedback that I received is that there’s a good atmosphere in the dressing room,” he said.

“Certainly one player has told me that while he was batting in the first Test with BT and was uncomfortable against some of the bowling, he was having some issues. He said BT came across and had a word with him and after that he managed a lot better.

“BT has already I believe started talking to the younger players...he’s informally talking to them and I believe players have appreciated that and are learning from his experience...he’s helping them and I think that is very positive.”