Zimbabwe v New Zealand, Only Test, Bulawayo October 31, 2011

Injured Vitori out of New Zealand Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zimbabwe will be missing the services of Tatenda Taibu and left-arm seamer Brian Vitori in the only Test against New Zealand in Bulawayo starting November 1. Taibu, who played the three-match ODI series against New Zealand as a frontline batsman, is nursing a finger injury while Vitori, who hasn't played first-class cricket or List A cricket in more than a month due to a shin niggle, did not recover in time.

Allrounder Malcolm Waller, whose unbeaten 99 helped Zimbabwe chase down 329 in the third ODI, was picked in the 15-man squad on the back of a half-century in the tour game. Among the players picked for the squad for the only Test against Pakistan last month, Craig Ervine, Greg Lamb and Chamu Chibhabha miss out against New Zealand. Seamers Njabulo Ncube and Keegan Meth and legspinner Natsai M'Shangwe, each of whom were part of the squad for the ODI series, have been selected.

Zimbabwe squad: Brendan Taylor (capt), Regis Chakabva, Elton Chigumbura, Kyle Jarvis, Hamilton Masakadza, Tino Mawoyo, Keegan Meth, Chris Mpofu, Natsai M'Shangwe, Forster Mutizwa, Njabulo Ncube, Ray Price, Vusi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya, Malcolm Waller.

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  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    I believe Zim wil give a good account of themselves,its going to be tough but it can be done with Taylor,Waller,Mawoyo and Chigumbura putting a good perfomance,i think we wil win.Good Luck guys.

  • Darren on November 1, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    There seems to be a lot of excitement building around ZIM. Not sure why? NZ beaten in a one dayer where two main bowlers (Mills & Southee) were absent posted a decent target and two centurians for little wickets lost and a scrambling Zimbabwe got home against some debutants and other average bowling.

    With Martin bowling a heavy ball at a good pace swinging and Vettori bedazzling Zimbabweans we can look to have this at the most wrapped up within four days.

    At least for Zimbabweans you can look forward to Brendan Taylor and his batting but one man does not make a team.

    Great news that Taibu is out, he is one of the few Zimbabweans that can actually field and is a real live wire, even the captain at times looks like he is playing social league cricket.

    Dissappointed that big Jesse Ryder is out. On what should be a good batting strip if he can score a double hundy against India then if NZ batted first he could probably get in excess of 500 by himself...........

  • Dummy4 on October 31, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    @ back to back hundreds in ODIs that is

  • Dummy4 on October 31, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    @Nduru Well Andy Flower never scored back to back hundreds and they never chased down 328, so this could be the birth of the greatest era in Zim cricket...Have faith...

  • Andrew on October 31, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    @Taurai, I hope you are right. No one would be happier to see my team beat NZ in this test. But remember, our strongest team with Andy Flower and co has never beaten NZ in a test, so forgive me for being a bit sceptical that it will be so easy to do it this time. I think its great that Waller is geven a chance as he has real talent and passion, and cool head.

  • Dummy4 on October 31, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    @Nduru Zimbabwe is a great side...Nuin much separates the two sides in terms of talent...Test cricket is a game of mental temperance...If the lads are up for it mentally they will succeed....And lets not forget this is a contest, there will be a winner and a loser...If they lose its ok life goes on, there will be lessons leant in the process making them better...I will stick to my guns Zimbabwe will take this one, a Taylor hundred and something special from Vusi and Malcolm make my words..

  • romeo on October 31, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    it is very sad that Zimbabwe will be taking on New Zealand without our strike bowler Vitori. its going to be hard but i think the great discipline in batting shown during the last O.D.I if it is carried over into the test match then its an easy win. the major problem we face is losing wickets if Allan Butcher can address that then we good to go. lets be optimistic and place our bet for a win not a draw.

  • raymond on October 31, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Disappointing to see that Vitori is not playing in the test, would have loved to see him bowl at Taylor an co. I think Waller is a more than capable replacement for Taibu- hopefully chigumbura should be as stable as in the last ODI. Mawoyo should open with Vusi with Taylor coming in at three , masakadza in at four- Jarvis and Meth with mpofu opening. The 300+ chase showed zim could compete and win playing against the new Zealand quicks but the introduction of the slow othordox Vettori could present a challenge given his performance in the warm up match. I predict a tight victory in zims favour- they should just get there. New zealand will bat first and post 270 with zim taking a first innings lead that the black caps won't be able to overhaul. Taylor will make a second innings 100 mawoyo will get a first innings 100 with Waller weighing in with a ton as well- prosper will be there at the end with 5 wkts

  • Dummy4 on October 31, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    It's a shame....we'll miss seeing Vitori vs. Vettori

  • Dummy4 on October 31, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    losing vitori is pretty much blow for zimbos.They need to take 20 wickets to win this.

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