Chevrons seek consolation as Lady Chevrons face Papua New Guinea
By Anashe Murombedzi
ZIMBABWE men’s cricket team, the Chevrons, are looking for a consolation victory when they take on hosts Australia in the third and final one-day international match at Riverway Stadium in Townsville this Saturday.
The Chevrons will be hoping for a change in fortune when they take on Australia in the last match of the ODI series.
After the highs of the recent past, Zimbabwe have had an underwhelming campaign as they have been soundly beaten in the first two matches.
Zimbabwe’s main challenge has been their batting as they have failed to come to grips with the pace and swing of the Australian bowlers.
The hosts have fully utilised the pace and bounce offered by their wickets to skittle Zimbabwe and the Chevrons need to be at their best as they seek a face-saver.
Wessly Madhevere showed promise in the first match with a half-century while Sean Williams also displayed his class in the last match, but collectively the team needs a better effort.
Zimbabwe is likely to field an unchanged side while the hosts will miss Mitchell Marsh.
Meanwhile, their female counterparts the Lady Chevrons get their ICC women’s T20 World Cup qualification campaign underway with a date against minnows Papua New Guinea in two weeks.
The qualifiers will run from the 18th to the 25th of this month in Abu Dhabi, with eight teams, including hosts the United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh, Ireland, United States of America, and Scotland battling for the top two to book a place at next year’s World Cup in South Africa.
Zimbabwe are currently in South Africa for a T20 preparatory tour against the hosts’ Emerging Squad and they lead the five-match series 3-1.