Current Zimbabwe coach Heath Streak and former skipper of his national side revealed he is excited the way boys have had performed in the recent past while revealing the side is aiming to build on following remarkable performances in Sri Lanka’s backyard, where they have claimed a 50-overs series owing to the quality all-round show from the African side.
“We can build on the performances that we had in Sri Lanka,” Streak was quoted as saying by FoxSports.
The 43-year-old former right-arm fast bowler is eyeing that his side will give its best in the upcoming fixtures in a bid to have a keen observation regarding 2019 World Cup Qualifiers, as the 50-over competition is scheduled in England and Wales.
Interestingly, in October, Zimbabwe is scheduled to play a home-bound series against Windies, before featuring in the qualifying round of the ICC’s mega event.
“We know that when West Indies come in October the belief will be there while getting onto the West Indies and into next year to the World Cup Qualifiers.” Streak added.
Earlier, in the five-match One-day International series, Zimbabwe trounced Lions in their own den by 3-2 which achieving the milestone as their first ever two-nation series win particularly in Asian conditions and against the Asian opponent, respectively.
On the other side, Zimbabwe under the leadership of Graeme Cremer has almost given a run for the money to Dinesh Chandimal-led Lanka when they made things became miserable for the hosts while picking up wickets at regular intervals.
Streak has expressed dissatisfaction while stating the unit has given a hard-fight in a bid to win the game to lift the spirit of the players.
“We were all disappointed, we felt we could have won that Test match and it was a tough flight back given we got so close to winning,” Streak maintained.
However, riding on the performances of wicketkeeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella and Asela Gunaratne helped Lanka to set record-breaking win by four wickets in One-off Test in Colombo.
Streak, who has bagged 216 wickets in 65 Test, has further lauded the efforts of the cricket management while trusting the capability of the current crop of the players.
“I think we have seen what these guys are capable of…I would like to thank ZC (Zimbabwe Cricket) for all their support and what they did behind the scenes,” Streak further added.
Streak remarked the cricket in Zimbabwe could find a new high following the regular hard work cricketers put in to hold the head high of a nation.