THE first Test series between Zimbabwe and West Indies will begin on Saturday at Bulawayoa��s Queens Sports Club.
While the first Test will conclude on Wednesday, the second Test will be played from 29 October to 2 November at the same venue. The tourists who travelled to Zimbabwe last year for a One Day International (ODI) tri-series are smarting from a 2-1 Test series lossA� they recently suffered at the hands of England, winning the once-off T20I and losing the five-match ODI series 4-0.
Earlier this year, Zimbabwea��s tour of Sri Lanka also included their first away Test since 2014. While they did lose the Test, the Chevrons won the ODI series and also became the first away side to scale a target in excess of 300 in ODIs.
A day after their arrival the visitors played Zimbabwe a�?Aa�? in three-day practice matches that took place at Bulawayo Athletic Club ( BAC).
Captained by Graeme Cremer, the Chevrons welcome back Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis who make their return to international cricket.
The two players, who recently returned to the national fold after spending some seasons in English county cricket, are part of the 16-man squad selected to face the Caribbean side which is ranked number eight in the world. Solomon Mire is in line to make his Test debut, while the uncapped wicket-keeper Nyasha Mayavo has also made the cut.
A total of seven changes were made to the side that played in Zimbabwea��s last Test away to Sri Lanka in July, with Chamunorwa Chibhabha, Tendai Chisoro and Michael Chinouya being the other new faces.
West Indies captain Jason Holder reckoned: a�?I am seeing good things from this group and I dona��t think there should be any difficulty in motivating any of the guys. Everybody should be up for it. Ita��s our chance to win a series. We have not won a series in a while and Zimbabwe will be good opposition for us to play.a�?
Graeme Cremer (c), Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Chamunorwa Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Malcolm Waller, Peter Moor, Regis Chakabva, Michael Chinouya, Christopher Mpofu, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chisoro, Nyasha Mayavo