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Zimbabwe Expect to Gain Useful Experience vs. Kiwis during Opening Test

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Zimbabwe Expect to Gain Useful Experience vs. Kiwis during Opening Test

July 28
17:59 2016

kiwisNew Delhi, Thursday, July 28 – New Zealand are on tour of Zimbabwe to contest in the longest format games for a couple of times. Nothing can be better than hosting a country which is excellent in cricket and can make the host learn a lot by performing well. New Zealand may compel the rivals do mistakes, which can further be capitalized.

Outshining amid other players is tough as each one desires to give their best. Despite the fact that only a few hours remain for the tournament to start, members of both squads look for a wonderful start as a lot gets decided on Day 1 of the Test matches. Expectations are sky high from the Kiwis. Even though losing at the hands of any country is something disliked by cricket fans in home conditions, it is going to be a tough contest for Zimbabwe.

Prior hosting New Zealand, Zimbabwe hosted India to play three One Day International matches and same number of T20 Internationals at Harare Sports Club, Harare from June 11 and June 22. Keeping in mind the good form of India, Zimbabwe couldn’t think of making any mistake, which happened on more than a few occasions, giving the wins to come easily to the visiting side. While facing the rivals in ODI series, Zimbabwe lost the series 3-0. They bounced back by winning the first T20I but lost the rest two, helping Indian team, which was on a bit inexperienced side, go back home with heads held high. In the face of the truth that there is a lot of difference in the longest and shortest formats, cricket is all about feeling strong from within and making best use of strengths. If confidence lies within all players, a team can rise in any condition, beating all odds.

The action between Zimbabwe and Kiwis will be interesting enough given that two Test matches are slated to take place. Starting from today, the tour of New Zealand will come to an end on August 10. Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo has been selected as the venue for first and second Tests. The recent victory by the Indian team over Zimbabwe must have lent a hand its players earn experience, make use of it and learn from their mistakes. Skills gained during recently concluded T20 and ODI series may impart useful role in contests starting today. Test cricket is about having patience. Batsmen do not need to strike on each ball and run for runs when rivals are ready to hit the stumps. Attacking on both good and weak deliveries can let Zimbabwe accumulate runs.

The first Test between New Zealand and Zimbabwe is to start from today and end on August 1. Second Test begins on August 6 and finishes on August 10. It is expected that both squads have spent maximum time in the nets to sharpen their tools and enhance their skills. A good performance from Zimbabwe is required if they want to prove that they aren’t an underdog team but a group that can be a threat in major tournaments. But at the same time, eyes can’t be closed to the truth that the process will take long to turn into reality. Then again, it is not impossible. As soon as a habit of winning is developed, Zimbabwe can be back in the game with a bang at any point of time.

Zimbabwe are to be captained by Graeme Cremer. Regis Chakabva, Brian Chari, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Hamilton Masakadza, Sikandar Raza, Tino Mawoyo, Peter Moor, Richmond Mutumbami, Taurai Muzarabani, N Ncube, Donald Tiripano, Sean Williams and Prince Masvaure are the players who will focus on giving best possible input. At one fell swoop, it will be a perfect opportunity for New Zealand cricketers to dummy run new combinations on the field that can benefit them in feeling completely equipped for games to be played in the coming months. The Kiwis side is to be led by Kane Williamson. Those who are selected to make their team rise Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling and Martin Guptill.

Zimbabwe players will try to implement strategies that could bring early breakthroughs if they get to bowl first. Since Kiwis are to play in India soon, a similar group is likely to visit the country. Probability of a few changes in the group can’t be ignored at all. On balance, objective is to win. The New Zealand cricket team know it very well that it is tough to beat the Men in Blue in their den. India usually utilize home conditions in the best way possible. Playing in front of home crowd can be advantageous but that doesn’t promise their success in the end. Before landing on the Indian soil, New Zealand eye doing well today against Zimbabwe. They are aware with the fact that the team can be victorious if efforts are poured in a right way and direction. Nobody can exactly predict about the exact outcome when two Playing XIs contest in cricket unless a massive total is put by one group and wickets are lost in a short span of time by the other team.

Captaincy of Cremer and Williamson in the Test matches will be of immense significance. This guidance in the right manner on several occasions may encourage a few players play spellbinding knocks to take everyone by surprise. Several things have changed by the time concept of limited over game was introduced a few years ago. Some cricketers are now able to score runs in speed even in Test matches. Test format is considered a slower one since players take proper time to settle, saving their wickets as long as possible. Likelihood of ups and downs that can happen during the play in the early hours is high. Viewers look forward to the match and keen to know what the toss winning captain elects to do – whether to bowl or bat.

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