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FORMER Zimbabwe cricket team captain Heath StreakA� comes to familiar ground a�� Bulawayoa��s Queens Sports Club a�� for the first time since his appointment as national team head coach at the beginning of October.
Streak has a career spanning over two decades, 1993 to 2005,A� when he played most of his cricket at Queens Sports Club. He seeks to emulate his success this time around as a coach.
The Chevrons recently played two tests and One Day International (ODI) in Harare as part of their triangular series against Sri Lanka and West Indies.
On Saturday, the national team will take on West Indies before their match against Sri Lanka set for Monday.
On 25 November, Streaka��s boys will face West Indies to complete Zimbabwea��s confirmed 50 over ODI matches.
Zimbabwe will need to be in the top two to make it in the final set for 27 November.
Bulawayo cricket followers can look forward to watching home grown talent from towering Christopher Mpofu, Brian Chari and Sean Williams in 50 Over cricket, an exciting version of the game which the citya��s fans last witnessed in October last year when Zimbabwe took on Afghanistan.
Streak has set his sights on reaching the final of the ODI series.
Zimbabwe named a 16-men squad for the limited overs series. Brought in are all rounder Elton Chigumbura, pace bowler Tinashe Panyangara, left arm spinner Tendai Chisoro as well as top order batsman Chamunorwa Chibhabha while Tinotenda Mawoyo, Regis Chakabva, Michael Chinouya and Taurai Muzarabani who were in the Test side did not get selection for the triangular series.
a�?We are looking forward to it, we have been playing international teams, the guys have had time in the middle, it gives them a good base, the guys coming in are experienced players in Chigumbura, Panyangara they can slot back into international cricket a lot easier. Our goal is to make the final. If we achieve that anything is possible, Sri Lanka and West Indies are missing some of their experienced players, they will still be good sides but not experienced. If we play good cricket, we will beat either of the two teams,a��a�� said Streak.
On what sort of expectations they have from the players who were not part of the Test squad, Streak pointed out that the technical department wants consistency.
Panyangara has made good recovery from the back injury which had him sidelined for months while Chisoro was in June axed from the national team ahead of the India tour to Zimbabwe in June for breaching curfew.
a�?Consistency and play in the role we have defined for them as a coaching group, we need our batters to get us good scores, bowlers to put in good performances. Chisoro will play a big role especially in Bulawayo, it depends on wickets and conditions. Panyangara is fit and ready for selection,a��a�� Streak said.
On their first opponents, Sri Lanka, Streak said they have to take their chances in terms of fielding because he is convinced they are a better side in that aspect of the game than their opponents.
a�?They (Sri Lanka) are playing some good cricket, we had opportunities, if we manage to hold our chances, we can win. Our knowledge of home conditions, we are a better fielding side than both those teams and we have some experienced players, Masakadza and Cremer we will use it to our advantage,a��a�� he said.
Zimbabwe: Graeme Cremer (captain), Brian Chari, Tarisai Musakanda, Carl Mumba, Christopher Mpofu, Hamilton Masakadza, Chamunorwa Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Donald Tiripano, Tinashe Panyangara, Sikandar Raza, Malcolm Waller, Elton Chigumbura, Tendai Chisoro
Sri Lanka: Dhananjaya De Silva, Kusal Janith Perera (w & v/c), Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga (c), Kusal Mendis, Shehan Jayasuriya, Asela Gunaratne, Sachith Pathirana, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dasun Shanaka, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Jeffrey Vandersay
West Indies: Jason Holder (Captain), Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shane Dowrich, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johsnon Charles, Shanon Gabriel, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Sulieman Benn, Miguel Cummins, Shai Hope, Rovman Powell.