Zim v N.Z, 2nd Test, Bulawayo [14/8/05]

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New Zealand have retained the same XI which thrashed Zimbabwe by an innings and 294 in the first Test at Harare for the second and final Test which starts at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Monday.

Stephen Fleming, New Zealand's captain, said the selectors had resisted the temptation to make changes in a bid to achieve consistency for the long term, noting there was a high expectation on the players to pull off another decisive victory. "When we came here it was straight out of the New Zealand winter and there was a lot of tension" he said. "But we have to rid ourselves of any possibility of dangerous complacency after defeating Zimbabwe by such a margin. The team is not being changed because we need to built on the excellent and consistency achieved here so far. Our batting was not top order, but we have another chance here to show our skills."

Zimbabwe have named a 14-man squad, and despite the criticism of the batsmen after they had been bowled out twice in day, the selectors admitted earlier in the week that there were no alternatives. But Andy Blignaut, who missed the first Test because of flu, looks likely to be drafted into the starting line-up, and Matabeleland left-arm spinner Keith Dabengwa, who is also useful with the bat, is likely to earn his first Test cap as a replacement for legspinner Graeme Cremer.

Zimbabwe coach Phil Simmons said that the final XI would only be named immediately before the toss, explaining that "I don't like players knowing too soon whether they are in or out."

There were some blunt questions for Simmons at the pre-match press conference, particularly over reports that he was facing the sack after the first Test. "The only pressure I feel is from the players," he said, adding that the players had "ignored the garbage ... we all had a huge chat about what happened, what to do about it and then went into long practice sessions. No-one from Zimbabwe Cricket has told me anything so as far as I am concerned my relations with my employer are good, the journalist who wrote that story knows better."

The pitch is likely to be slow, with some help for the bowlers in the first hour or so each day. But for all the bullish talk, there is little to suggest that the result will be any different. The last time Zimbabwe played a Test at Bulawayo, they were thrashed by an innings and 200 runs by Sri Lanka.

New Zealand Stephen Fleming (capt), Lou Vincent, James Marshall, Hamish Marshall, Nathan Astle, Scott Styris, James Franklin, Daniel Vettori, Brendan McCullum (wk), Shane Bond, Chris Martin.

Zimbabwe (probable) Neil Ferreira, Brendan Taylor, Dion Ebrahim, Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Wishart, Stuart Carlisle, Tatenda Taibu (capt/wk), Heath Streak, Andy Blignaut, Keith Dabengwa, Chris Mpofu.

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another 2/3 day thrashing awaits zim. They shud be strip of test status and shud be made to play teams like u.a.e, scotland, ireland and pakistan "A", Australia "A" until they improve...! its beyond a joke now the zimbo situ!
 
Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat first

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Zimbabwe team: BRM Taylor, KM Dabengwa, DD Ebrahim, H Masakadza, CB Wishart, SV Carlisle, *+T Taibu, NB Mahwire, AG Cremer, CB Mpofu, HH Streak.

New Zealand team: JAH Marshall, L Vincent, HJH Marshall, *SP Fleming, NJ Astle, SB Styris, +BB McCullum, DL Vettori, JEC Franklin, SE Bond, CS Martin.
 
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, Shane "Waqar" Bond striking with only his 2nd ball of the day trapping the hapless batter lbw with a vicious inswinger by the sounds of it. I wish i knew how fast hes bowling right now :6:
 
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOW 007 on fire today. He takes his 2nd with the 2nd ball of his 2nd over. Another unplayable inswinging delivery.
 
james bond has his golden gun out today...

2.2 Bond to Carlisle, OUT: Gone! another one, full in length, swings
in, and hits the back pad plumb in front of middle stump, huge
shout for lbw and up goes the finger, Bond strikes again!

Zimbabwe 3/2
 
nadeem bhai, from speaking to a few people bond is bowling in mid 80s interms of speed but is getting alot more swing with his new action. ideally he wont be tested properley till n.z play s.africa this autumn which is live on sky sports...
 
7/3

Bond probably heading towards some pretty nifty bowling figures.
 
4.2 Bond to Masakadza, OUT: short ball, goes for the pull shot, top
edge to fine leg, Martin takes a well judge catch

Zimbabwe 7/3
 
Thanks amjid yaar. It sounds like he has lost about 6 to 8 mph in speed but gained significantly in terms of accuracy, swing and aggression. I hope hes still as lethal as before when he plays SA. Theres no reason he cant be as lethal as he used to be considering that imran khan was still a very dangerous bowler on his comeback from a 2 yr layoff that saw his speed decrease from 95 mph+ to about 87 to 90 mph.
 
HOHOHOHOHOHOHO, christmas has come early for super cop 007 bond saab. Again he strikes with his 2nd ball of 3rd over. THe batters really ought to be careful facing the 2nd ball of his overs :))) :)))
 
nadeem said:
Thanks amjid yaar. It sounds like he has lost about 6 to 8 mph in speed but gained significantly in terms of accuracy, swing and aggression. I hope hes still as lethal as before when he plays SA. Theres no reason he cant be as lethal as he used to be considering that imran khan was still a very dangerous bowler on his comeback from a 2 yr layoff that saw his speed decrease from 95 mph+ to about 87 to 90 mph.

its good to see bond come back from such a horror injury. waqar younis, ian bishop and umar gul have all suffered similar injuries and in 1st two cases they neva had the same zip... waqar thou continued to be a world star.
 
Great to see Bond doing well. Hope he can continue like this against better opposition, but ATM hes doing what he can. Excellent news. After McGrath and Pollock dominating for the last few years, we need bowlers like Bond, Flintoff and Harmison doing well
 
latest - Zimbabwe 188/7 (62.0 ov)

taibu 62* skippers inns thus far!
 
Zim 231....Taibu really played a tenacious little innings....

Would be great if they can limit the black caps to something in the region of 350. Should be great for their confidence....
 
Zimbabwe 231

New Zealand 31/0

just b4 close of play
 
Amjid Javed said:
Zimbabwe 231

New Zealand 31/0

just b4 close of play

unfortunatly two quick wickets fell. now New Zealand 48/2

last ball of day 1:

9.3 Mahwire to HJH Marshall, no run, just outside off, guides it to
gully, big mix up between the batsmen, both batsmen at the
striking end, gully fielder throw towards keeper, Taibu picks up
and pass it on to Mahwire who hips off the bails. :))

congrats 2 bonds performance. :14:
 
Two wickets at the end of the days' play must really have lifted the spirits of the Zim players...

Fleming joins Vincent at the crease...

56/2 in the 12th...
 
100/2 in the 20th over...

Both batsmen looking good here...Fleming said they'll be looking for some consistency in their batting...

Hope for their sake they don't get complacent against this Zim attack (?)...
 
152/2...

Fleming 57 off 68 balls 11 fours and a six
Vincent 62...

Innings rate of almost 5 an over

Think they only want to bat once...
 
Great! I go on lunch...2 wickets go down...

Vincent for 92
Fleming for 65

223/4 at drinks....

Cremer got creamed in his initial overs...seems to have come back a bit....
 
484 all out....
Lead of 253...

I guess they couldn't....
 
Zimbabwe 231 & 71/4
New Zealand 484


another inns defeat looms for zimbo...
 
zimbabwe lose by an innings and 46 runs.

Zimbabwe please stop playing this game and get lost from test cricket.
 
That's a nasty thing to say...

With cricket the cinderella of world sport...we need as many countries to play the game as possible...

Maybe just with a better system...although WHAT....I don't know..
 
another thummping defeat.. really sad to see..!

bond 4/48 finishes with 9 wkts in test
 
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