West Indies tour of Zimbabwe 2023


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Wednesday, 21 December 2022 — ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The West Indies Men’s team will start their 2023 international year with two Test matches against Zimbabwe. The visitors will play both matches at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) confirmed the schedule on Wednesday, with the first Test slated for 4-8 February, and the second Test match for 12-16 February. Ahead of the two-Test rubber West Indies will have a four-day warm-up match against a local side set for 28-31 January at Bulawayo Athletic Club.

All matches start at 10am local time (4am Eastern Caribbean/3am Jamaica).

Jimmy Adams, CWI’s Director of Cricket said: “The tour to Zimbabwe early in 2023 will be an important part of our 2023 Test programme, which also includes series against South Africa and India. Having produced some good results early in 2022, the team will be eager to begin the year with strong performances in Zimbabwe.”

Zimbabwe’s last Test match was way back in July 2021 against Bangladesh in Harare and, according ZC Director of Cricket Hamilton Masakadza, they will be eager to make the most of the upcoming series.

“We are pleased to confirm the West Indies will be visiting us for two Test matches that will be played in Bulawayo,” Masakadza said.

“Although it’s been a while since we last played Test cricket, our boys will be hungry and ready for some red-ball action and I believe an exciting series against one of the game’s top sides is on the cards.”

The last Test Series between Zimbabwe and the West Indies was also played at Queens Sports Club in October 2017. West Indies clinched the two-match series having won the first game by 117 runs while the second match ended in a draw.


28-31 January: four-day warm-up match at Bulawayo Athletic Club

4-8 February: 1st Test at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo

12-16 February: 2nd Test at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
Good to see some tests for Zimbabwe. This Probably will be the first time we see Gary Ballance play internationals for Zimbabwe, I don't think they will rush him for Ireland series.
<b>Andre Coley appointed Interim Head Coach for tours of Zimbabwe and South Africa</b>

Wednesday, 21 December 2022 — ST JOHN’S, Antigua

Andre Coley has been named as the Interim Head Coach of the West Indies Men’s team for the upcoming tour of southern Africa. Following a meeting of the Cricket West Indies’ (CWI) Board of Directors on Monday 19 December, CWI announced that Coley will oversee the two-Test tour of Zimbabwe from 28 January to 16 February, as well as the multi-format tour of South Africa, which includes two Tests, three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three T20 Internationals (T20Is) from 21 February to 28 March.

Coley said: “To be asked to oversee the West Indies team on the upcoming tours of Zimbabwe and South Africa is a special honour. West Indies cricket holds a special place in my heart. The upcoming assignment will be challenging as we will come up against two teams in their home conditions. We will need to ensure that our planning and preparation are appropriate, and demonstrate consistency in the execution of these plans, to give ourselves the best opportunity to achieve positive results.”

He added: “The players, I’m sure, are enthusiastic about the opportunities that both series should offer and are eager to contribute to our team’s success. I look forward to the tours ahead and the opportunity to make a tangible and meaningful contribution to the growth of West Indies cricket.”

Jimmy Adams, CWI Director of Cricket said: “We welcome Andre back to the West Indies dressing room and with his wealth of knowledge of the game, player-management skills, dedication and hard work, as well as attention to detail, we know he is well equipped. He is a highly experienced coach who has functioned at every level within the CWI High-Performance Pathway. This has prepared him for the job at hand and we expect he will again approach this new role with the same vigor and zeal which have characterized his time in the CWI coaching system and has earned the respect of players and everyone who he has interacted with.”

Coley, a former Jamaica wicket-keeper/batter, is currently Head Coach of the CWI Academy programme. While Andre Coley fulfils the interim role, CWI’s High-Performance Manager Graeme West will oversee the West Indies Academy programme, supported by the Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams to ensure there are no disruptions to the Academy programme during the period.

Coley previously served as the Assistant Academy Head Coach and Interim Academy Head Coach when the Sagicor Academy was launched in 2010. He was also Head Coach of the West Indies U19 Team; Assistant Coach of the West Indies Men’s and Women’s Teams, as well as Head Coach of Jamaica Scorpions and Windward Islands Volcanoes, who were the 2018 Super50 Cup Champions.

In 2016 he was Assistant Coach of the West Indies Men’s Team which won the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and earlier this year he was Assistant Coach of Jamaica Tallawahs when they captured the Caribbean Premier League title.

CWI also confirmed that the contracts of Assistant Coaches Roddy Estwick and Monty Desai had ended.

Adams said: “I’d like to thank Roddy and Monty for their hard work and dedication in supporting the team over the last few years and wish them the very best in the future.”

Zimbabwe vs West Indies, 1st Test

West Indies have won the toss and have opted to bat
Zimbabwe (Playing XI): Innocent Kaia, Tanunurwa Makoni, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine(c), Gary Ballance, Tafadzwa Tsiga(w), Brandon Mavuta, Wellington Masakadza, Brad Evans, Victor Nyauchi, Richard Ngarava

West Indies (Playing XI): Kraigg Brathwaite(c), Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Raymon Reifer, Jermaine Blackwood, Kyle Mayers, Roston Chase, Joshua Da Silva(w), Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Kemar Roach
WI 29/0 (14.4) CRR: 1.98

Windies taking it slow
WI 112/0 (51) CRR: 2.2
Day 1: Rain stops play
Not having DRS hurts Zimbabwe, Brathwaite was out but not given, the ball took the glove. Then they dropped a catch of Chanderpaul.. That didn't help either.

Long day ahead for Zimbos if they don't get early wickets tomorrow.
WI 112/0 (51) CRR: 2.2
Day 1: Stumps

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AP) — Captain Kraigg Brathwaite and fellow opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul both scored half centuries as the West Indies reached 112-0 before rain washed out play after lunch on day one of the first test against Zimbabwe on Saturday.

Zimbabwe’s bowlers lacked penetration on a flat pitch at the Queens Sports Club but were able to keep the Windies batsmen in check with calm and composed bowling.

The West Indies openers, who both finished the day undefeated on 55, looked comfortable at the crease and pounced on the bad ball when the Zimbabwe bowlers fluffed their lines.

“The pitch looked good for batting, but obviously we knew rain would be a factor,” Brathwaite said. “Today is history, today is gone, we have to come back tomorrow and start setting the foundation again.”

Zimbabwe fielded five debutants, including former England batter Gary Ballance, who completed his international switch during the African team’s white-ball series with Ireland in January.

“We kept the pressure on, but credit to the West Indies, I thought they batted nicely,” said Steve Kirby, Zimbabwe’s bowling coach. “It was a very good surface for test cricket. On a different day, we could have had two, three wickets. It was just a good day of old-fashioned test cricket.”

Zimbabwe is missing frontline bowler Blessing Muzarabani though long-term injury as well as in-form batting all-rounders Sikandar Raza and Ryan Burl, who are playing Twenty20 franchise cricket in Dubai and Bangladesh, respectively.

“We are always going to lose players to white-ball cricket,” Kirby said. “But there is still a huge appetite for test cricket. Test cricket is a privilege. It’s a very emotional time for them (the debutants) and they will remember it for the rest of their lives.”

Both games of the two-match series will be in Bulawayo.

Ballance, returning to his country of birth, had represented England in 24 tests most recently in 2017.

Zimbabwe is captained by Craig Ervine with regular test skipper Sean Williams out with injury.

The West Indies lost 2-0 in Australia in its last series in December and interim coach Andre Coley is in charge of the team for the first time.

Zimbabwe hasn’t played test cricket in 18 months since losing a one-off match at home to Bangladesh.

Day 2: Lunch Break

WI 112/0 (51) CRR: 2.2
West Indies - 132/0 (58.2 overs).

Tangerine Chanderpaul (Shivnarine's son) is playing. Opportunity for him to get his first century.
WI - 149/0 (66.2 overs).

This is the highest Windies opening partnership in Test since July of 2012.
Not having DRS hurts Zimbabwe, Brathwaite was out but not given, the ball took the glove. Then they dropped a catch of Chanderpaul.. That didn't help either.

Long day ahead for Zimbos if they don't get early wickets tomorrow.

The way Windies are going, this game may turn out to be a draw if it rains more.
Stumps for Day 2.

West Indies - 221/0 (89 overs).

This game seems to be heading toward a draw.
West Indies dominated proceedings on a rain-marred first day of their opening Test against Zimbabwe at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. Things didn’t change even on the second day as the Caribbean team finished on 221 for the loss of no wickets in 89 overs.

After one and a half sessions on Day 1 were washed off, rain didn’t allow play for the first two sessions on Day 2. In the third and final session, 38 overs took place and the West Indies openers carried on from where they left off.

Both batters were unbeaten on 55 at Stumps on Day 1. Kraigg Brathwaite was the first to get to his hundred off 226 balls. Soon after, Chanderpaul also racked up his maiden Test ton off 286 deliveries.

While his father Shivnarine took eight years and 52 innings to get to his maiden Test hundred, Tagenarine took only five innings.

The southpaw stayed unbeaten on 101 off 291 balls with the help of 10 fours and one six. Brathwaite, on the other hand, stayed not out on 116 off 246 deliveries with seven fours.

Zimbabwe used five bowlers, but none of them threatened to make a breakthrough. Left-arm spinner Wellington Masakadza was the most economical bowler as he had figures of 16-6-30-0.

The fast bowling trio of Richard Ngarava, Victor Nyauchi and Brad Evans bowled 54 overs, but couldn’t separate the West Indies opening duo.

With two days already over in the Test, West Indies will be looking to add some quick runs before putting Zimbabwe in to bat first.

In opening double century stand from openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Tagenarine Chanderpaul has lifted the West Indies into the ascendancy against Zimbabwe in the first Test match in Bulawayo.

In control for large periods across day one and two, the pair's biggest threat seemingly came from inclement weather, though rain only could delay the success of the pair who were both close to their best with the bat.

Brathwaite (126*) brought up his century first, reaching the milestone with a late cut through the slip cordon off the bowling of Wellington Masakadza. Not to be outdone, Chanderpaul brought up his maiden Test century in just his third Test match, calmly pushing Victor Nyauchi into the leg-side.

Chanderpaul's hundred was also the first Test century scored by a West Indies opener outside of Brathwaite since 2013, breaking a streak of a dozen unmatched hundreds from his partner.

As a result of their efforts, the pair joined elite company in their achievement, compiling just the West Indies' tenth opening wicket double-century stand since their first ever Test back in 1928.

Rather fittingly, Daren Ganga, who accompanied Chris Gayle to the West Indies' other opening double-century stand in Zimbabwe (214 in 2001 at the same ground), was on the call when the pair passed his figure.

The stand is the first double-century opening stand for the team in Test cricket since 2012, and the fifth away from home.

Perhaps making the feat more remarkable, just 17 fours and a six have been hit by the pair at stumps on day two, with Zimbabwe's bowlers toiling to no avail across the two days.

The hosts' five-pronged attack have 20 maidens to show for their efforts, with Masakadza's 0/30 from 16 overs the most economical of the group (1.87).


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Day 3 - WI 379/2 (126) CRR: 3.01

Match going just one way I feel.
Kraigg Brathwaite and Tagenarine Chanderpaul becomes the first opening pair to bat 100 overs in a Test innings during the 21st century.

The last pair to do it was Atapattu-Jayasuriya against Pakistan in 2000.
WI 447/6 d
ZIM 21/0 (8.4) CRR: 2.42
Day 3: 2nd Session - Zimbabwe trail by 426 runs
WI 447/6 d
ZIM 67/1 (26.4) CRR: 2.51
Day 3: 3rd Session - Zimbabwe trail by 380 runs

Excellent start by Zim
WI 447/6 d
ZIM 114/3 (41.4) CRR: 2.74
Day 3: Stumps - Zimbabwe trail by 333 runs

Decent reply but Zimbabwe cannot afford to lose more wickets now.
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WI 447/6 d
ZIM 223/7 (86.5) CRR: 2.57
Day 4: 2nd Session - Zimbabwe trail by 224 runs

Ballance 51*


Gary Ballance became only the second Test batsman after Kepler Wessels to score a century for two countries, hitting an unbeaten 137 for Zimbabwe against the West Indies in Bulawayo on Tuesday.

Needing at least 248 runs in reply to a West Indies' declaration of 447-6 on Monday to avoid a possible follow-on, Zimbabwe declared at 379-9 after the second session on day four of the first Test.

That left the hosts trailing by 68 runs after the first innings in their first Test since losing to Bangladesh two years ago.

Harare-born Ballance scored four centuries for England during the last decade before returning home to make his Test debut for Zimbabwe in this match at Queens Sports Club.

South Africa-born Wessels scored four centuries for Australia before returning home and making two more for his homeland when they were readmitted to Test cricket in the 1990s.

Ballance and leg spinner Brandon Mavuta, who made 56 before playing across the line to a short delivery and being bowled by Jason Holder, put on 135 in a brilliant eighth-wicket stand.

Aware of his key role, having come in at number five with Zimbabwe 114-3, Ballance was the epitome of caution, painstakingly building his innings.

By the declaration, the 33-year-old had faced 231 balls, and his total included two sixes, one of which took him to his century and 12 fours.

While Ballance was foiling West Indies' plans to bowl out Zimbabwe cheaply and force them to immediately bat again, Mavuta played a superb backup role.

Having taken five West Indies wickets, he proved equally skilful with the bat and did not hold back when offered scoring chances as he slammed nine fours.

The day began with Test debutant Innocent Kaia on 59, but he could add only eight more before being trapped leg before by quickie Alzarri Joseph for 67.

Kaia fluffed an attempted flick and was hit high on the front pad. A review was not possible as the DRS (decision review system) is not being used in this series.

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Game is heading toward a timid draw.

Draw is good for Zimbabwe in terms of rating points.
Dogged resistance shown by Zimbabwe, they infact had the confidence to declare while still trailing!!

Interesting last day coming up. WI may want to have around 45-50 overs at Zimbabwe to try and force a win. That could give Zimbabwe a chance to win as well, if WI go for a sportive declaration.
ZIM 379/9 d
WI 447/6 d & 174/4 (56.2) CRR: 3.09
Day 5: 2nd Session - West Indies lead by 242 runs

Match heading for a draw now
WI 447/6 d & 203/5 d

ZIM 379/9 d & 134/6

Match drawn

Tagenarine Chanderpaul


Tagenarine Chanderpaul, player of the match: It was good to go out there and get some runs. The pitch was spinning a bit so it was good to get some practice coming into this game. Kraigg (Brathwaite) is a guy that cherishes his wicket and tries to stay out there for as long as possible, I try to go out there and do the same. It's a record to cherish, I just hope we can keep going from strength to strength.

Craig Ervine, Zimbabwe captain: Did feel it took forever, it was such an exciting Test match. I thought there was a lot of fight from the boys for five days. First two days, there was not much for the bowlers but we fought back well and then Gary and Mavuta brought back us in the game with a great partnership. The debutants, Kaia and Makoni, were excellent as well. The squad will remain the same for the second Test.

Kraigg Brathwaite, West Indies captain: It was a commendable effort from us, must say well done to the team. Zimbabwe batted well in the first innings, it was a good contest. After having the runs on the board, we had the belief that we could win. We knew it would have been hard work but Gary (Ballance) and co batted well. Need to commend our bowlers, they came out and worked hard. Wickets with the new ball would have been crucial but Zimbabwe batted well, they showed some fight especially with the new ball. Pleased with the overall team effort. Chanderpaul is a fighter, this is only the beginning for him.
Zimbabwe vs West Indies, 2nd Test


West Indies (Playing XI): Kraigg Brathwaite(c), Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Kyle Mayers, Raymon Reifer, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva(w), Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Shannon Gabriel

Zimbabwe (Playing XI): Innocent Kaia, Tanunurwa Makoni, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine(c), Tafadzwa Tsiga(w), Brandon Mavuta, Wellington Masakadza, Victor Nyauchi, Donald Tiripano, Milton Shumba, Tanaka Chivanga

Zimbabwe have won the toss and have opted to bat
Zimbabwe in recovery mode it seems

ZIM 28/1 (12) CRR: 2.33
Zimbabwe in dire straits!

ZIM 81/7 (29.1) CRR: 2.78

Should be a quick end to this Test by the looks of it
No Ballance today due to a migraine headache. He has been unwell for a few days.

Zimbabwe has no Sikandar or Ballance. Result showed.

115-all out.
West Indies - 66/1.

Trailing by 49 runs.

Tagenarine is on 29*. Is another century coming up?
Stumps on Day 1!

West Indies are 133/4, leading by 18 runs.

Zimbabwe managed to bag three West Indian wickets in this session, and all of them were gifted to them in some way or another. While Tagenarine Chanderpaul played a rather woeful shot to throw his wicket away, Raymond Reifer was guilty of ball-watching as he ran himself out. Jemaine Blackwood too could have chosen to play a better shot against Brendan Mavuta when he pulled a short delivery straight into the hands of the fielder at midwicket.

Zimbabwe's skipper Craig Ervine will be pleased with his bowler's efforts, but will also thank the West Indian batters for gifting their wickets. Only Kraigg Brathwaite was scalped in a convincing fashion. The lead of the West Indies has now swelled to 18, and they will be hoping to come back tomorrow to increase it as much as they can.

Earlier in the day, the home team did not make themselves proud by putting up a horrid display with the bat, with Innocent Kaia top scoring with 38 and Donald Tiripano lending some respectability with a late-innings 23 not out in their frugal total of 115. This was a day that belonged completely to the West Indies.
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West Indies marginally better

WI 184/5 (53.1) CRR: 3.46
ZIM 115
WI 269/6 (85.1) CRR: 3.16
Day 2: Rain stops play - West Indies lead by 154 runs

Should be enough this lead for an innings win.
This is basically a Zimbabwe A side, no Raza, Ballance, Burl, Williams, Blessing. Three of them out due to illness or injury while the other two due to T20 franchise commitments..

International cricket is severely damaged. If even Zimbabwe players who get to play a test very rarely are also not showing interest in playing for the country then what else is left?
ZIM 115
WI 290/8 (90.4) CRR: 3.2
Day 2: Stumps - West Indies lead by 175 runs
WI 292
ZIM 115 & 15/1 (5.2) CRR: 2.81
Day 3: 1st Session - Zimbabwe trail by 162 runs

Fight for survival!
Innings defeat coming for Zimbabwe B!

WI 292
ZIM 115 & 137/7 (39) CRR: 3.51
Day 3: 2nd Session - Zimbabwe trail by 40 runs
As expected

WI 292

ZIM 115 & 173

West Indies won by an innings and 4 runs
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AP) — Left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie’s six wickets helped West Indies defeat Zimbabwe by an innings and four runs inside three days to clinch the two-match test series 1-0 Tuesday.

Motie, who took seven wickets in Zimbabwe’s first innings, was again the chief tormentor with 6-62 as the hosts collapsed to 173 all out in a wobbly effort to make West Indies bat again. The first test ended in a draw last week.

West Indies put up a lead of 177 runs at the Queens Sports Club after Zimbabwe had been skittled for 115 before the Caribbean side finished 292 all out on day three.

The touring side added just two runs to its overnight score, allowing Zimbabwe seamer Victor Nyauchi (5-56) to remove Jason Holder (3) and Gudakesh Motie for 12 to complete his maiden test cricket five-for.

Roston Chase (70) held together West Indies’ innings with a well measured knock to put the tourists in command on the second day.

Right-hander Chase had put on 60 for the fifth wicket with Kyle Mayers (30), and then shared a partnership of 85 for the sixth wicket alongside wicketkeeper Joshua Silva (44). Raymon Reifer (53) was the other West Indies batsman in the runs with a workmanlike half-century of his own.

Zimbabwe was then unable to make West Indies bat again, falling four runs short of the target to bring the West Indies back to the crease.

West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite said the success in Zimbabwe is crucial for momentum when his team crosses into South Africa for a multiple format tour, beginning with two tests starting on Feb. 28 at SuperSport Park.

“It’s a good feeling, I think winning any game is always a habit, winning is a habit,” Brathwaite told reporters. “So this is very important. It will be a tougher South Africa team, and we will see when we get there. ... The more test cricket you play, the better. It’s good to have these two back-to-back series, we don’t take it lightly.”

Craig Ervine, Zimbabwe’s stand-in captain, acknowledged it was frustrating that Zimbabwe’s in-form players haven’t been able to convert their promising starts to put the African side in good positions.

Ervine himself top-scored with 72 for Zimbabwe in a relatively comfortable innings before being trapped lbw by Motie.

The second highest scorer, opener Innocent Kaia (43) was out when he had looked well set, faintly edging to the keeper a Motie delivery that moved through the air.

“It could be a number of factors, it could be a question of lack of application,” Ervine said. “And as you know in test cricket, 50s, 60s don’t win you matches. And as you saw Gary (Ballance) in that first test, getting a big hundred. Those hundreds make a big difference. That partnership between himself and Brandon Mavuta (who scored a maiden half-century) got us back into the game. So guys really need to work on their application.”