Zimbabwe cricket team leaves for Australia

By Lawrence Trusida, Sports Editor

The Zimbabwe national cricket team, the Chevrons, have left for Australia ahead of a three match One Day International series which is part of the World Cup qualifiers.

The Chevrons left the country early this Tuesday with a 15-man squad which includes premier bowler Blessing Muzarabani who is back from injury.

Zimbabwe will play three One Day International matches against the hosts with the series part of the International Cricket Council World Cup Qualification Super League.

The Chevrons are 12th on the Super league log standings and need to be in the top eight to qualify for next year’s 40 over World Cup in India.

After a rude awakening against India in the just-ended ODI series, it does not get any easier as the Chevrons face another world powerhouse.

Cricket expert Dean du Plessis said, “They did well against India. We never expected them to win, but they challenged them and showed their progress and they need to continue on that note. We now need to move on from just being content with competing, but we now need to make sure we challenge these nations and get the odd win that will boost us so much.”

After struggling in recent matches, the top order has been challenged to step up.

“The top order has been letting the team down, so they need to up. Their game unfortunately there is no quick fix but playing balls on merit helps and not being timid,” noted cricket analyst, Elton Phiri.

All the three matches will be played in Townsville.