South Africa v Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI, Potchefstroom October 17, 2010

We have to remain positive - Taibu

Liam Brickhill in Potchefstroom

Tatenda Taibu clearly enjoys the challenge of competing against the South Africans. He was the only Zimbabwe batsman to make the most of another flat track in the second ODI, scoring 78 out of a total of 268, but his one-day record against Zimbabwe's southern neighbours is one that any international batsman would envy: in 13 matches against South Africa he has scored 499 runs at an average of 49.90, including two unbeaten hundreds and two half-centuries.

"I thought there was enough time to get another hundred against South Africa," Taibu said after the game. "I always cherish my innings that I play against south Africa, because they are one of the best teams so if you play well against them it's always an innings to cherish. There was definitely enough time for me to get a hundred so I was a little disappointed not to get there."

This is Taibu's third tour of South Africa, and despite his record against them he is yet to taste victory in the country. Zimbabwe have performed admirably on their most recent trip, but the gulf between the two sides remains a wide one and it will take a special effort to register a consolation victory in the final match of the series in Benoni on Friday. Taibu, however, urged his teammates to remain positive.

"We have to carry on being positive, we shouldn't lose that," insisted Taibu. "We should keep our shoulders high and our chins up and play as positively as we can because that's our only chance to beat South Africa. We obviously have a lot of work to do on our bowling, and also with the batsmen. When they get starts they need to carry on and score big runs as the South Africans are doing.

"When you look at the two teams at the moment, you can see the intensity that the South Africans have and we have to emulate that as we try to become a recognised team."

Liam Brickhill is an Assistant Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • robin on October 19, 2010, 20:56 GMT

    Zimbabweans, Its time you wake up, if you don't, you will find yourself at the same position in 5 yrs even if you get back your Test status. grant flower WAS a good player back then, he is too old to be playing now, he hasn't performed yet and will not. He should take the batting coach role immediately before he makes a fool of himself and takes away the chance for a younger player to get experience. Where is Sean Irvine, Andy Blignaut, Greg Lamb, Tinashe Panyangara, James Cameron and many other youngsters? I laugh when i read some comments on how the batting is good and the spin too, Zimbabwe is still Far-Off from winning critical matches against top teams like Australia, india, pakistan, england, and south africa, Do you know why? Coz these guys don't have MACHENDE!

  • tupee on October 19, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    taibu has always been a good player from the time he was playing for Zimbabwe's junior teams he however needs to be more consistant against other teams which are not South Africa.It also goes with out saying that for him to be more consistant the rest of the batsman whose potential and talent is axiomatic also need to be at the same wavelength with him. Actually if one is to take a closer look at Zimbabwe's current tour to South Africa at least one batsman batsman played well in each and every Game. Had at least two or three of them complemented each other well to have a big partnership Zim could have come up with a result even with their poor showing with the ball , for usually its big parnterships which win games not a high score from one batsman. The other thing Mr Campbell needs to do is to try balance the 15 team such that players like Hamilton Masakadza dont get into comfort zones, an extra opening batsman could ve helped other that playing Williams at 3

  • Brian on October 19, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Yeah the batting is good, but consistancy is a bit of a problem. We need some batsman who can play great innings, not just ending in the 30s. But still we are in the right direction. Bowling I think we need some effective paceman who can strike early in the game. Good bowling spinners.

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    Well played zim, I dont know why they keep using Chris Mpofu and Shingi Masakadza, they are both zimA quality i think Blignaut, Panyangara and even Njabulo Ncube can provide some venom to the zimbabwean pace attack while Ray Price should definitely be in the squad. I hope mr Campbell looks into this before the world cup.

  • Dummy4 on October 18, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    well done on the batting boykies we with all the way , even though the bowling still needs some shape up , u r the future.grant flower welcome back we need your xperience and talent.we will win in benoni we will win the world cup.....:)

  • sundaresh on October 18, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    Zim, there is no need to worry, as you are travelling in the right direction, keep the batting going as it is now, but for bowling, I think they should rely on their strengths, that is slow bowling, and am surprised to not to see Ray Price or Lamb in action. Also, where is Craig Ervine, who can stay at one end and if one of the top 4 gets going, ZIM can put pressure on any opposition.

  • Andrew on October 18, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    Not a bad performance by Zim. SA are not our benchmark. They are Test top table, they will, now and for the next 10 years beat us, even when resting a few top players. All we ask for is good performances, whcih battingwise we are getting. Bangladesh, WI & NZ are Test nations we should aim to be playing & beating. I would love to see how we would do in a 4 team tournament with them. Other thoughts: there was a time when Williams looked like he might be the real thing, not any more. Grant Flower presence or absence is close to irrelevant, i favoured the experiment of bringing him back, not for the tons he would obviously not score nor the 5fors he obviously won´t take (like the others competing for his place) , but his professionalism&hoped-for inspiration - i say its irrelevant because our problem isnt mediocre all rounders, its a lack of bowlers!

  • Ahmed on October 18, 2010, 0:20 GMT

    Zimbabwe seem to be getting it right with the bat, but they need to work on the ball a bit. They trying to rush their overs and using too many bowlers. They need to focus on a good lot of 5 or 6 and train them in and out. Hopefully zim can get there, but they cant afford to be whipping boys in the world cup.

  • Philip on October 17, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    Looking on the bright side of life...good to see Grant back, what Zimbabwe needs is the return of another couple of players that wiill make us the lovers of cricket to welcome without an reservation and put behind the political upheaval that has been dominating Zimbabwe. Seeing the return of cricketers can only be a good thingfor the country and crcket. New Malden. Surrey

  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    commendable perfomance from zimbabwe, setting team records and upping them as well , good knocks from the top four though all not at the same time , they did not get bowled out either , recovered nicely , pity though the bowling isnt as one would like it to be...if zim play sa more like bang play pak sri lanka and ind they will defiinately become competitve , its not enough to be used as punching bags before major tournaments...

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