Test & ODI Matches

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Zim Squad Named for Videocon Tri-Series

Tatenda Taibu will lead a 16-member squad in the upcoming tri-series, also involving New Zealand and India. The selectors named Heath Streak as the vice-captain and also included other former dissidents - Andy Blignaut, Craig Wishart and Stuart Carlisle.

Sources: CricInfo, Cricket365.com, CricketWorld

Full Squad:
Tatenda Taibu (capt), Heath Streak (vice-capt), Stuart Carlisle, Chamunorwa Chibhabha, Charles Coventry, Keith Dabengwa, Brendan Taylor, Craig Wishart, Andy Blignaut, Gavin Ewing, Blessing Mahwire, Hamilton Masakadza, Waddington Mwayenga, Edward Rainsford, Vusumuzi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya

African XI -vs- Asian XI, Game 3: Match Abandoned

No result due to rain, so the series finishes tied 1-1.

Heath Streak and Tatenda Taibu featured - with only 3 overs bowled by the African XI before rain intervened, Streak didn't get a bowl, but did catch Shahid Afridi off the bowling of Sean Pollock.

Batting, Taibu scored 10 off 32 balls (caught Sehwag off the bowling of Abdul Razzaq), while Streak scored 14 off 35 (out LBW off the bowling of Shahid Afridi). Only Sean Pollock scored higher for the African XI, with 44 not out - a low-scoring game all round.

African XI - 106 all out (32.5 overs), Asian XI - 8 for 2 wickets (3 overs)
Match abandoned due to rain.

African XI -vs- Asian XI, Game 2: Asian XI Win by 17 Runs

Full Scorecard

Heath Streak was the only Zimbabwean player involved in this match, taking 2 for 64 off 9 overs (2 no balls), while scoring 28 runs off 32 balls with the bat (caught by Jayawardene off Khan's bowling).

Series is levelled at 1-1, with the decider to be played on 21st August.

Curran Looks for Rapid Improvement in One-Day Series

Speaking ahead of the Zim/Ind/NZ triangular tournament, new Zim coach Kevin Curran has spoken of his hopes for a rapid improvement in his team's performances:

Curran, who played 11 Tests for Zimbabwe apart from being one of the most effective overseas players in English county cricket, said that Zimbabwe had turned out world-class cricketers in spite of having a small first-class structure that comprised only four provinces. "The intensive and long standing sports culture is why this small country has produced a number of world-class sportspeople over the years," said Curran. "I want all the team to rapidly improve by 5%, let's say, because that will impact on the team as a whole. I am a team man but also a really competitive person, and always have been. I want that to rub off and I'm sure it will."

Sources: CricInfo, BBC Sport

Zim's one-day performances, while still poor, haven't been quite as disastrous as their recent Test outings, so any improvement would be more than welcome - even if it would upset the circling vultures.

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