Focusing on shorter formats will give Zimbabwe realistic chance in world cricket, says Heath Streak

first_imgZimbabwe, who lost to South Africa by an innings and 120 runs in the first-ever four-day Test, should look to concentrate more on the shorter formats according to their coach Heath Streak.Zimbabwe were bowled out twice on Day 2 of the one-off Test at St George’s Park on Wednesday. The bottom-ranked Test nation could only manage to eke out five session from the day-night fixture. It highlighted their inability to deal with quality bowlers and challenging conditions as both Morne Morkel and Keshav Maharaj picked up five wickets each in the first and second innings respectively.Talking about the game and the way forward, Streak said that maybe it’s right for Zimbabwe to concentrate more in ODIs and T20Is as it will give them a realistic chance of competing at a higher level”Maybe there is an argument for us to focus a lot more of our resources and time into short-format cricket to give us ourselves more of a realistic chance of competing at a higher level rather than hanging around near the bottom of the table,” he told reporters.Streak also added that if Zimbabwe were to play more Tests, they might have to settle for games against the likes of newcomers Afghanistan and Ireland.”I think if you get a bit of context to the Test rankings, with an incentive to get to the next level, with maybe a promotion-relegation type of thing, it’s worth looking at,” Streak said.”Obviously we would like to play against the top countries but maybe we could play them at home so we can set up the conditions to favour us,” he added.advertisementZimbabwe’s Test venues in Bulawayo and Harare have extremely slow wickets and their weakness to deal with pace was exposed the moment they travelled to South Africa and were thrown in at a bouncy surface. They only managed to survive 72.4 overs against the South African attack on fast pitches. Added to that, they were playing with the pink ball for the first time in their maiden day-night Test and that didn’t help either.Captain Graeme Cremer said that the team always knew it was going to be difficult but he admitted that in the end South Africa were too good for them.”We knew it was always going to be tough. When we saw how the ball moved around under the lights, we knew it was tough, especially with their attack (and) at the end of the day they were too good for us,” Cremer said.”I don’t think we were overwhelmed by the atmosphere. We were surprised seeing the ball move so much, and we didn’t assess the conditions,” he added.Zimbabwe next month head to Bangladesh for an ODI tri-series against their hosts and Sri Lanka before moving on to Dubai where they take on Afghanistan.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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