Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, Only Test, Harare, 5th day August 8, 2011

Taylor hails historic win

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Brendan Taylor, Kyle Jarvis and Alan Butcher, the Zimbabwe coach, were soaked in pink champagne and beer as they walked into their post match press conference after Zimbabwe's historic win over Bangladesh. "Now I know what it means when they say you smell like a brewery," Butcher said.

What it really meant is that Butcher and his men had just sipped from the cup of victory, something Zimbabwe had not even had the chance to experience in the Test format in almost six years. To announce their return to the premier format of the game with authority was better than just a sip, it was gulp after gulp of satisfaction.

"The good win might have silenced a few critics," Taylor said. "Zimbabwe cricket invested in us and were patient with us encouraged us and we are really glad to replay that favour."

The new Test team represents a coming of age for some of the older players, who were once a group of young, inexperienced men thrown into the international scene out of need, not merit. After the player walkout in 2004, Zimbabwe had no choice but to field the best they had, even though many of them were not ready for the pressures of playing at the highest-level. Seven years have passed since then and their poise and self assurance has grown, their maturity is evident, and, finally, they appear ready. "It's nice to see a lot us have stuck together," Taylor said. "We're a side that's always worked really hard to try and improve."

The match had special significance for Taylor, who scored his maiden Test century in the second innings, at a time when the match was on the verge of tilting in Bangladesh's favour. Zimbabwe resumed day four on 92 for 4, a lead of 175, but in a position that needed consolidation. "At the end of day three, we certainly felt a bit of pressure," Taylor said. "I must commend Tatenda [Taibu] and Craig Ervine for the supporting role they played to get us back into a wining position."

Taibu scored 59 and Ervine, who was at the other end when Taylor reached his landmark, an unbeaten 35. "Getting the hundred was special but winning the match was more important," Taylor said, taking the spotlight off himself and shining it on the collective effort. "The guys showed good courage and had smart heads on their shoulders."

Such a composed performance may seem somewhat extraordinary, given the length of time Zimbabwe has spent away from Test cricket, but it's a testament to their domestic four-day tournament, which has become more competitive with the introduction of the franchise system two season ago, and the A team tours, such as the recent one against Australia A. "We prepared the best we could possibly prepare," Taylor said, while Butcher added that even though the side lost to Australia A it showed them that could compete against big name players.

One such big name player is Tamim Iqbal, who was named Test Player of the Year by the Wisden Cricketer magazine in 2010. The Bangladesh opening batsman was confident his side would chase down the target against an "ordinary" bowing attack. Instead, they crumbled, giving Taylor a reason to get his own back. "His [Tamim's] performance was pretty ordinary too," he said. "He is a quality player and his team were looking for him to get a big total and he got out pretty carelessly. He should let the performances do the talking and not concentrate too much with the mouth."

In particular, Tamim was made to eat his words about Jarvis, the bowler he called "just ok", when Jarvis claimed the last two Bangladesh wickets after lunch to end with five for the match. Jarvis' new-ball partner, Brian Vitori, also bagged five wickets and together they provided a big reason to be optimistic about Zimbabwe's future. "They were outstanding," Butcher said. "Every time they picked the ball up they looked a threat and made the Bangladeshis look uncomfortable."

With such an exciting side under his guidance, Butcher couldn't hold back his smiles as he entered a new era with a Zimbabwe side that has gone from fractured to fertile under his tenure. "When I first took on the job, I felt that what the team needed was some love," he said. "It seemed to me that any time that they did something wrong there were lots of people ready to jump down their throats. I have tried to instil a more positive outlook and culture and I think people have responded to that."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • WaldermaltCricketer on August 10, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    @Lahori_munde..I totally agree with you. Afghanistan is a better & better team than BD. @Kaihan..I have no problem with BD. My comment was regarding BD national cricket team. I agree with you, every team is strong at home.But check BD records..are they strong at home? How many matches have they won at home? How many matches were drawn? How many lost? BD is not strong at anywhere. Yes it's difficult for a real BD fan like you to believe that BD team is not up to standard. But It's the truth my friend.. BD should learn more & more. Firstly players like TAMIM has to read world top class player's comments regarding their opponents before the matches. Cricket is something you can't improve easily.Commitment is very important. I can't understand why BD players are so overconfident?? Have they done anything better than ZIM in Test cricket? BD always thinks ZIM is the only team that they can beat in Test format. That's why TAMIM insulted ZIM bowling attack. BD must be given a long rest..

  • reyme on August 10, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    Tamim just wanted to play a 'mind game'. If BD was the winner he would look like a Shewag. But he looks silly. He will back up his words in the ODI.

  • Kaihan on August 9, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    @SLcricketLovers....whats your problem with BD ? Why you are crying to see BD out of cricket ? Do you know how many people watch BD games..? its more than even lot of other so called giant teams suppoerters. BD is trying to improve, may be not as expected, by with any loss, some stupid people like you start crying about BD. Zim won this match, that doesn't mean that are stronger than BD. They won it in their soil. But if they play in BD, most of their mighty batsmen will not see any ball from Sakib/Razzak. Everybody is strong in their own soil, so one defeat in foreign soil does not mean anything. Come on BD, show your potential and shut the mouth of these non-sense cricketlovers off.

  • La_Bangla on August 9, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Bangladesh team wasn't even good enough against the 'Ordinary Bowling attach'. @SLcricketLovers- Very good points. It's that BCCI who keep protecting Bangladesh, otherwise Bangladesh is not even close to good enough to play at the higest level. Afganistan is ten times better then Bangladesh

  • on August 9, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    next tamim tamim or anybody of Bangladesh cricket team should first understand what they are saying.

  • WaldermaltCricketer on August 9, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Bangladesh Team is a BIG BIG JOKE.. Tamim said "ordinary bowling attack"??? BD is the worse team I have ever seen. They are pretty ordinary in all formats of Cricket. They can't bat,, they can't bowl..they can't field.. they are very poor in T20s..They are very very poor in ODIs.. They are totally not suitable for Test Cricket. BD playing Test is a big joke.. ICC must cancel Test status of BD. We want to see good real cricket. ZIM returned to Test format after 6 years & achieved an easy victory against BD. Congratulations ZIM.. Good bye BD..You have been playing Test for than 10 years & You achieved NOTHING.. It's better for BD to give up playing International Cricket & start from the begging again. Then you will be able at least to give a good fight in International level after 10, 15 Years.

  • cricman007 on August 9, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Hats off to Taylor and Mazakadza for their centuries, Sibanda and Mayowo for their century opening stand in the first innings, and Vitori, Jarvis and Mpofu for their incisive fast bowling. Taibu's half century in the second innings and Craig Irvine's unbeaten 35 also deserve commendation. Chigumburu also took vital wickets in both innings. Zimbabwe looked like a team rather than a bunch of individuals and I salute their coaches Alan Butcher and Grant Flower.Heath Streak's role must also be celebrated. Well done Zimbabwe!

  • mahjut on August 9, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Well, redneck. Although I get what you're saying and basically agree, Aus A were playing a Zim XI [not Zim] and athough the final game when they gave the Zim XI a thrashing, and 10 of that team played this test - things came together for the Australian opening batsmen. Anyway, the problems in Aus during this 'low-ebb' are more bowling than batting and Zim played with a very long tail in one of the two matches and still managed 245/4 (despite the fact that's their achillies) in the first innings of the second match [and 340 in the second innings of the first match]. A whitewash yes, but not against Zimbabwe first XI. BTW, thanks to Aus for that series, i think it was a good one: we faced Siddle, Hilfenhuas, Krezja and Beer and bowled at Warner, Hughes, Khawaja, Ferguson, March, Paine, Finch... these guys play top level cricket most of the year round

  • gagguv on August 9, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    Though Tamim was trying to do a Sehwag he forgot the people at disposal. When Sehwag said BD bowling is ordinary what he meant was that in last series agains SL, SL had been unable to get 20 Indian wickets in 3 Tests and SL is far more established side than BD; instead of taking it on chin or trying to prove him wrong there was lot of hue and cry and all was verbal. Then Sehwag had himself, Gambhir, Dravid and Sachin at disposal whereas BD had only Shakib and Ashraful to follow.So his statement was pretty hollow to make and Zim made them eat his words. But one defeat shouldnt undo all the good work BD had done in past. They should walk the talk; it may be that they blank Zim 5-0 in ODIs but show repect to opposition!!

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on August 9, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    Tamim mentioned Vitori as ORDINARY bowler. Well, this might b true. But it can't b proven against BD, bcoz their batting in test is also ordinary. Another question to Tamim , has he any idea about their own pece bowling strength. BD ,without Mash & Shahadat, has just a local club cricket's pace bowling strength. BD have produced only 2 seamers in cricket history who r bit ahead of 'OK' category...lol. Then how did Tamim underestimate opponent bowlers? I'm 4m BD & Tamim is my Fav BD batsman in field but his off-field activities seems irresponsible & arrogant in recent weeks.

  • WaldermaltCricketer on August 10, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    @Lahori_munde..I totally agree with you. Afghanistan is a better & better team than BD. @Kaihan..I have no problem with BD. My comment was regarding BD national cricket team. I agree with you, every team is strong at home.But check BD records..are they strong at home? How many matches have they won at home? How many matches were drawn? How many lost? BD is not strong at anywhere. Yes it's difficult for a real BD fan like you to believe that BD team is not up to standard. But It's the truth my friend.. BD should learn more & more. Firstly players like TAMIM has to read world top class player's comments regarding their opponents before the matches. Cricket is something you can't improve easily.Commitment is very important. I can't understand why BD players are so overconfident?? Have they done anything better than ZIM in Test cricket? BD always thinks ZIM is the only team that they can beat in Test format. That's why TAMIM insulted ZIM bowling attack. BD must be given a long rest..

  • reyme on August 10, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    Tamim just wanted to play a 'mind game'. If BD was the winner he would look like a Shewag. But he looks silly. He will back up his words in the ODI.

  • Kaihan on August 9, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    @SLcricketLovers....whats your problem with BD ? Why you are crying to see BD out of cricket ? Do you know how many people watch BD games..? its more than even lot of other so called giant teams suppoerters. BD is trying to improve, may be not as expected, by with any loss, some stupid people like you start crying about BD. Zim won this match, that doesn't mean that are stronger than BD. They won it in their soil. But if they play in BD, most of their mighty batsmen will not see any ball from Sakib/Razzak. Everybody is strong in their own soil, so one defeat in foreign soil does not mean anything. Come on BD, show your potential and shut the mouth of these non-sense cricketlovers off.

  • La_Bangla on August 9, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Bangladesh team wasn't even good enough against the 'Ordinary Bowling attach'. @SLcricketLovers- Very good points. It's that BCCI who keep protecting Bangladesh, otherwise Bangladesh is not even close to good enough to play at the higest level. Afganistan is ten times better then Bangladesh

  • on August 9, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    next tamim tamim or anybody of Bangladesh cricket team should first understand what they are saying.

  • WaldermaltCricketer on August 9, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Bangladesh Team is a BIG BIG JOKE.. Tamim said "ordinary bowling attack"??? BD is the worse team I have ever seen. They are pretty ordinary in all formats of Cricket. They can't bat,, they can't bowl..they can't field.. they are very poor in T20s..They are very very poor in ODIs.. They are totally not suitable for Test Cricket. BD playing Test is a big joke.. ICC must cancel Test status of BD. We want to see good real cricket. ZIM returned to Test format after 6 years & achieved an easy victory against BD. Congratulations ZIM.. Good bye BD..You have been playing Test for than 10 years & You achieved NOTHING.. It's better for BD to give up playing International Cricket & start from the begging again. Then you will be able at least to give a good fight in International level after 10, 15 Years.

  • cricman007 on August 9, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Hats off to Taylor and Mazakadza for their centuries, Sibanda and Mayowo for their century opening stand in the first innings, and Vitori, Jarvis and Mpofu for their incisive fast bowling. Taibu's half century in the second innings and Craig Irvine's unbeaten 35 also deserve commendation. Chigumburu also took vital wickets in both innings. Zimbabwe looked like a team rather than a bunch of individuals and I salute their coaches Alan Butcher and Grant Flower.Heath Streak's role must also be celebrated. Well done Zimbabwe!

  • mahjut on August 9, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Well, redneck. Although I get what you're saying and basically agree, Aus A were playing a Zim XI [not Zim] and athough the final game when they gave the Zim XI a thrashing, and 10 of that team played this test - things came together for the Australian opening batsmen. Anyway, the problems in Aus during this 'low-ebb' are more bowling than batting and Zim played with a very long tail in one of the two matches and still managed 245/4 (despite the fact that's their achillies) in the first innings of the second match [and 340 in the second innings of the first match]. A whitewash yes, but not against Zimbabwe first XI. BTW, thanks to Aus for that series, i think it was a good one: we faced Siddle, Hilfenhuas, Krezja and Beer and bowled at Warner, Hughes, Khawaja, Ferguson, March, Paine, Finch... these guys play top level cricket most of the year round

  • gagguv on August 9, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    Though Tamim was trying to do a Sehwag he forgot the people at disposal. When Sehwag said BD bowling is ordinary what he meant was that in last series agains SL, SL had been unable to get 20 Indian wickets in 3 Tests and SL is far more established side than BD; instead of taking it on chin or trying to prove him wrong there was lot of hue and cry and all was verbal. Then Sehwag had himself, Gambhir, Dravid and Sachin at disposal whereas BD had only Shakib and Ashraful to follow.So his statement was pretty hollow to make and Zim made them eat his words. But one defeat shouldnt undo all the good work BD had done in past. They should walk the talk; it may be that they blank Zim 5-0 in ODIs but show repect to opposition!!

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on August 9, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    Tamim mentioned Vitori as ORDINARY bowler. Well, this might b true. But it can't b proven against BD, bcoz their batting in test is also ordinary. Another question to Tamim , has he any idea about their own pece bowling strength. BD ,without Mash & Shahadat, has just a local club cricket's pace bowling strength. BD have produced only 2 seamers in cricket history who r bit ahead of 'OK' category...lol. Then how did Tamim underestimate opponent bowlers? I'm 4m BD & Tamim is my Fav BD batsman in field but his off-field activities seems irresponsible & arrogant in recent weeks.

  • gagguv on August 9, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Though Tamim was trying to do a Sehwag he forgot the people at disposal. When Sehwag said BD bowling is ordinary what he meant was that in last series agains SL, SL had been unable to get 20 Indian wickets in 3 Tests and SL is far more established side than BD; instead of taking it on chin or trying to prove him wrong there was lot of hue and cry and all was verbal. Then Sehwag had himself, Gambhir, Dravid and Sachin at disposal whereas BD had only Shakib and Ashraful to follow.So his statement was pretty hollow to make and Zim made them eat his words. But one defeat shouldnt undo all the good work BD had done in past. They should walk the talk; it may be that they blank Zim 5-0 in ODIs but show repect to opposition!!

  • AndrewFromOz on August 9, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    If you don't respect the opposition, you live to regret it.

  • redneck on August 9, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    nice to see zimbabwe return and not only be competative but also dominate. however, where does this leave bangledesh? zimbabwe look to have test quality batsmen and bowlers where bangledesh only have tamim and shakib and maybe ashraful that they can honestly say deserve to be called test cricketers. i think they should have to go play ireland for the right to be called a test nation. its reached that point, australia a (at the lowest point australian cricket has been in) whitewashed this zimbabwean team and the bangledesh first XI couldnt. zimbabwe look to have developed without playing tests, whats bangledesh's excuse for 11 years of consistently doing nothing but making up the numbers?

  • dragonsmax on August 9, 2011, 0:40 GMT

    Honestly, Bangladesh should only blame their lack of talent and overconfidence. Its been more than 10 years since they got their test status, still they talk childish and play brain less cricket. they should restricted from Test status, Ireland is far more stronger than the Bangladesh.

  • hasib9 on August 9, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    Find some real fast bowlers BD.. We need another Mortaza.. We also need a left hand fast bowler, like Sayed Rasel. Siddons kept Rasel out of the team for who knows what reason. I hope he is reconsidered into the team. Oh and our batting is despicable, as usual.

  • smukhles on August 8, 2011, 23:41 GMT

    Congratulations to Zimbabwe Cricket Team! They are surely a better test team than Bangladesh and they proved that by every means. About ODI, no comment at this moment but there is a possibility that BD will come back strongly. Hopefully Shakib & Company has learnt "TEST APPROACH" from Zimbabwe, they need to.

  • on August 8, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    Zimbabwe could become world beaters, but it has to take small steps, beating Bangladesh is just one of them. Knock off Pakistan, New Zealand and West Indies, they could become no. 6 in the world at best, maybe break into the top 5. After all Zimbabwe do have the players with plenty of potential talent and maturity. They are better than Bangladesh, why only a one off test, why not a 3 test series?

  • on August 8, 2011, 23:19 GMT

    let bangladesh play test matches against ireland or even netherland, still they'll lose. it's been a hell of a long time since BD received test status, yet they have never shown signs of a proper test team, bat for a long period of time and collect runs. all they do is go to the middle and wag the bat at balls. luckily a few connect and they score around 200. thats BD cricket. They should probably stop playing tests. they will make a better Baseball team

  • rocket123 on August 8, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    BD is very talented but they are giving false hope for quite some time. Losing to Zimbabwe is a clear signal that BD's status as a test team should be held in abeyance until they improve significantly as an ODI team. I have always wanted BD do better but every time more than often they lose w/o a fight. And Tamim's shoddy remarks about Zim bowlers was a disgrace. No player should be talking like that about any opposition. It is a disrespect to the game and players and above all it is a shameful act preganant with hollow pomp. So BD, take a lesson from this defeat and talk humbly and let ur game say everything on the ground. Overall, this was a pathetic performance from BD. I feel sorry for BD cricket fans who continue to back BD cricket but do not get anyhting in return save pathetic performances from their heroes. Good luck for ODI series.

  • on August 8, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    Ha Ha!! Tamim, you got served! lol

  • sreesam on August 8, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    Bangla TIGERS!! LOL.

    ICC must revoke Bangla's test status....It's a complete joke!

  • Kartheesurya on August 8, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal is an attacking player. He plays all the cricketing shots to its perfection. If he controls his tongue he will become the greatest player Bangladesh have ever seen. I fear that Tamim may surpass Viru's runs in tests as well as one dayers. One more thing Tamim is capable of playing long innings. He may break Lara's highest test score record. If Tamim plays to his potential he will join the elite groups within five or six years.

  • Kartheesurya on August 8, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    Flower brothers are inspiring the teams to perform to their potential. Flower brothers have fantastic cricket brains. The way they work with the players should be an eye opener to Duncan Fletcher, Craig Chappel and John Buccanan. We are fortunate that Flower brothers are our contemporaries. Long live Flowers's legacy.

  • mahjut on August 8, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    @Nduru. I don't think Taibu was criticising the cricketing progress but the progress of the set up in paying their players. He maybe shouldn't have said anything but they should be paid by the board not just the franchises. I am SO pleased with this win i can't express it well but if there's any idea Zim will walk over BD in the ODIs, think again - remember Tamim's onslaught was yesterday - we zimbos have no-one who will play with that crisp abandon (well,.. chigumbura can hit it no doubt, but not with the authority of Tamim). ODIs are a different thing altogether. Believe me i'm hoping for a win but i'm certainly not expecting...

  • Sampan on August 8, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Tamim for a second must have thought that he was "Viru" ...good wake up call...focus on your game boss and become something first before starting this kind of trash talk! Perefct for Taylor and Zim that they made you eat all your words! Now gulp it up and focus on your game.

  • on August 8, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Well Done ZIM..Captain leading from the front...on the other hand, Shakib threw away his wicket..also, Tamim shud watch his mouth and let his bat do the talkings...The GREAT players do not use thier mouth!!

  • Kartheesurya on August 8, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Because of Andy Flower , England are performing majestically. His brother Grant Flower is going to rock with Zimbabwae. Because of his coaching Zimbabwae batsmen showed maturity and application. In near future he will become a head coach. I find a lot of common things in Flower brothers. Brendon Taylor is fantastic. He is going to become one of the greats. Kyle Jarvis and Vitori form potent new call attack. Craig Irvine is Zimbabwae's Tendulkar.

  • CharlesCrasto on August 8, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Congrats to the Zimbabwean team. What a way to announce your return!!! Well wishes for the future from Pakistan.

  • PontiusPilate78 on August 8, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    A fantastic performance by Zimbabwe - the whole team contributed - not one if the eleven failed - those that didn't have wickets first innings got them second innings those in the runs first innings gave room to the others in the second- Vitori and Jarvis 10 wickets between them- chigumbura mpofu excellent bonny and clide act- chigumbura could just be zims enforcer a la broad. Price , priceless as usual and Taibu playing like the little master he is! Craig ervine finally comjng good , pity he didn't get to reach his maiden 50, but it feels like these guys were playing for the team and not for individual glory- a good ethic . Bangladesh looked pretty ordinary themselves compared to ordinary Vitori and Jarvis. Can't wait to watch the ODI series, somehow I doubt Bangladesh will level the series, zim look good to take that 5/0 - I suppose we will get to see Chibhabha and Utseya and possibly Mushangwe who is more suited to that form of the game- lovely stuff from Zimbabwe simply lovely!

  • on August 8, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    This is the difference between a gentleman cricketer Taylor and a below "ordinary" outspoken Tamim. There is no shame in losing to deserving people the better they understand the good it is for the bottom ranked non-deserving test team

  • on August 8, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Professional approach by ZIMBABWE, and since the early quit in world Cup, Bangladesh cricket has moved 3,4 steps behind and they are seeming the same like they were 6,7 years ago !

    I hope strong batting and handy bowling is enough for Zimbabwe to beat Bangladesh, Westindies or Newzeland at occasions !!

  • ibbani on August 8, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Now, who on earth will say BD is a test team, even the re-entrant Zimbabwe also thrashed them black and blue,ICC - please heed the comments of the viewers and take a good feasible decision to take the test status from BD, they DONT DESERVE it. In case if there were 3 tests, they would have been thrashed 3-0. Dont worry Zim, you will win 4-1 in the 1 days, and win the T20 too, you team rock, go on and enjoy the party tonight !!!

  • Nduru on August 8, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    Well done Taylor and the boys, but also very well done to Butcher, Streak and Flower for impressive coaching. I never thought I'd ever say this, but ZC also need to be commended for seeing the light when it mattered and allowing such a positive team to develop. I think Taibu was a little harsh on them as we have clearly made progress, even if it is a bit slower than he expects.

  • on August 8, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    NICEEEE ZIMBABWE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CricketChat on August 8, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Despite the long wait to Test cricket, Zim proved they did the right thing. They rebuilt the standard of first class cricket after the departures of so many int cricketers and are now ready to compete at top level. It will still take about 2 yrs ot so before they perform consistently well and beat teams like Bang, WI, Ireland, may be even NZ. They in fact out batted Bang, which is a great achievement. Well done Zim!.

  • rustyryan on August 8, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Tamim should have understood the fact that he's not in the class of Viru to make such comments. Congrats Taylor.

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  • rustyryan on August 8, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    Tamim should have understood the fact that he's not in the class of Viru to make such comments. Congrats Taylor.

  • CricketChat on August 8, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Despite the long wait to Test cricket, Zim proved they did the right thing. They rebuilt the standard of first class cricket after the departures of so many int cricketers and are now ready to compete at top level. It will still take about 2 yrs ot so before they perform consistently well and beat teams like Bang, WI, Ireland, may be even NZ. They in fact out batted Bang, which is a great achievement. Well done Zim!.

  • on August 8, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    NICEEEE ZIMBABWE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nduru on August 8, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    Well done Taylor and the boys, but also very well done to Butcher, Streak and Flower for impressive coaching. I never thought I'd ever say this, but ZC also need to be commended for seeing the light when it mattered and allowing such a positive team to develop. I think Taibu was a little harsh on them as we have clearly made progress, even if it is a bit slower than he expects.

  • ibbani on August 8, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Now, who on earth will say BD is a test team, even the re-entrant Zimbabwe also thrashed them black and blue,ICC - please heed the comments of the viewers and take a good feasible decision to take the test status from BD, they DONT DESERVE it. In case if there were 3 tests, they would have been thrashed 3-0. Dont worry Zim, you will win 4-1 in the 1 days, and win the T20 too, you team rock, go on and enjoy the party tonight !!!

  • on August 8, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Professional approach by ZIMBABWE, and since the early quit in world Cup, Bangladesh cricket has moved 3,4 steps behind and they are seeming the same like they were 6,7 years ago !

    I hope strong batting and handy bowling is enough for Zimbabwe to beat Bangladesh, Westindies or Newzeland at occasions !!

  • on August 8, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    This is the difference between a gentleman cricketer Taylor and a below "ordinary" outspoken Tamim. There is no shame in losing to deserving people the better they understand the good it is for the bottom ranked non-deserving test team

  • PontiusPilate78 on August 8, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    A fantastic performance by Zimbabwe - the whole team contributed - not one if the eleven failed - those that didn't have wickets first innings got them second innings those in the runs first innings gave room to the others in the second- Vitori and Jarvis 10 wickets between them- chigumbura mpofu excellent bonny and clide act- chigumbura could just be zims enforcer a la broad. Price , priceless as usual and Taibu playing like the little master he is! Craig ervine finally comjng good , pity he didn't get to reach his maiden 50, but it feels like these guys were playing for the team and not for individual glory- a good ethic . Bangladesh looked pretty ordinary themselves compared to ordinary Vitori and Jarvis. Can't wait to watch the ODI series, somehow I doubt Bangladesh will level the series, zim look good to take that 5/0 - I suppose we will get to see Chibhabha and Utseya and possibly Mushangwe who is more suited to that form of the game- lovely stuff from Zimbabwe simply lovely!

  • CharlesCrasto on August 8, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Congrats to the Zimbabwean team. What a way to announce your return!!! Well wishes for the future from Pakistan.

  • Kartheesurya on August 8, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Because of Andy Flower , England are performing majestically. His brother Grant Flower is going to rock with Zimbabwae. Because of his coaching Zimbabwae batsmen showed maturity and application. In near future he will become a head coach. I find a lot of common things in Flower brothers. Brendon Taylor is fantastic. He is going to become one of the greats. Kyle Jarvis and Vitori form potent new call attack. Craig Irvine is Zimbabwae's Tendulkar.