South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 August 14, 2014

Vitori returns to Zimbabwe ODI squad

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Fast bowler Brian Vitori, who last played top-level cricket for Zimbabwe almost a year ago due to injury, makes a return to their ODI squad for the three home games against South Africa. Nineteen-year-old pace-bowling allrounder Luke Jongwe and 23-year-old seamer Neville Madziva are Zimbabwe's new faces for the series, which will be Elton Chigumbura's first in charge in his second stint as full-time captain.

Zimbabwe Test captain Brendon Taylor, from whom Chigumbura takes over in limited-overs cricket, keeps his place as a wicketkeeper-batsmen in the squad. Offspinner John Nyumbu who became only the second Zimbabwean to take a five-for on Test debut in the one-off Test against South Africa, has been included, while legspinner Tafadzwa Kamungozi who got one ODI in Zimbabwe's previous 50-overs assignment, against Afghanistan, remains in the squad. Zimbabwe had begun that series well, going 2-0 up before Afghanistan fought back to level it at 2-2. Following that, the captaincy changed hands.

Seamer Tendai Chatara, who was part of Zimbabwe's two previous ODI series - they played Pakistan before Afghanistan - misses out. The series against Afghanistan, however, was the only one-day cricket Zimbabwe have played so far in 2014, the series against Pakistan being all of a year ago. In that series as well, they failed to build on a good start, going from 1-0 up to lose it 1-2.

Against South Africa, they are scheduled to play three ODIs in Bulawayo between August 17 and 21. That will be followed by a triangular series that includes these two teams and Australia.

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  • dummy4fb on August 17, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    chance for raza waller in next ODI game

  • jw76 on August 17, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    Vitori is one to watch. That guy is really FAST when he slips himself, but very erratic. If he plays, he may curtail his speed to try and be more accurate, but for sheer pace at his fastest he is probably almost as fast as anybody in the world.

  • SamWintson92 on August 16, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Waller is better than many batsmen of Zimbabwe. Steyn is the no 1 fast bowler & Anderson is the no 2 of the world. Believe it or not !

  • Troyd on August 15, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    @ZCF - the answer to your confusion is surprisingly simple. Its called 'form' - Malcolm Waller is having a poor run of form and is rightly dropped. Those names you mention who are above him, are above him in recent domestic form? Waller has proved he can positively influence the outcome of an international game against a team other than Bangladesh. Not often, sure - but capable yes. Who else falls into that bracket - none of those you mentioned do. The selectors are hoping that he will return to a form, none of the others have shown they are capable of reaching.

    Waller is no golden boy but please don't confuse runs at domestic level with runs at international level. Afghanistan showed us that mistake - and now we're climbing several notches up. The team you listed on the original post is actually about right - for now.

    I would say only Taylor should be sure of his place - EVERY other player has proved limited against international opposition,and should be wary...

  • ZCFOutkast on August 15, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    Mentions of Malcolm Waller are strange. As things stand, on batting alone he is behind Mutumbami, Chakabva, Kasuza, Mutizwa, Maruma, Jongwe, Madviza, Moor, Mutombodzi, etc. All the more reason why many called for him to play against Afghanistan, and he was the only senior batsman who failed miserably more often. He was also a huge embarrassment during the T20WC trial matches.

    Unfortunately the truth is that on form currently Malcolm would struggle to break into the top 14 batsmen(including keepers) making up the top 7 of the main&reserve side. Hence overwhelming question marks as to why he is centrally contracted. Certainly Mutizwa, Mutombodzi&Kasuza are genuinely asking themselves why he is in the side ahead of them for batting. Some brave bowlers might be asking the same questions too. I think the cricket gods are seriously concerned by those who think it's fit to compare Malcolm to Vusi. Then again some do compare Jimmy&Steyn so anyway, to each his own!

  • ZimCricFan on August 15, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    @KingAjmal you are wrong, Zim beat the Netherlands by 5 wickets & lost to Ireland on the final ball of the match by 1 run after Taylor missed a stumping. Even Netherlands should have beat SA when they collapsed at the end in T20 world cup match. T20 cricket, even though I love it, is lottery cricket. Before the start of the tournament, WI and NZ were close to favorites, which in itself says a lot about T20

    In the Afghanistan series, Zim rested some players when they left out Masakadza, Sibanda, Utseya etc in some of the games after going 2-0 up. Not to take away anything to the Afghanistan team because they played very good cricket especially in the final ODI. Tiripano, Chakabva, Mushangwe played in that series have all been dropped which says it all.

    The 2-2 series draw resulted in Taylor losing his captaincy especially for the 3rd ODI when Raza bowled at the death & lost the match. SA are better but this series especially without the SA pace bowlers who are rested should interest

  • SamWintson92 on August 15, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    ZIM XI: 1 H Masakadza 2 Raza 3 Taylor 4 Williams 5 Waller 6 Chigumbura (C) 7 Mutambami (WK) 8 Utseya 9 Nyumbu 10 Panyangara 11 Vitori

  • Nduru on August 15, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    @KingAjmal: I don't see any Zimbabwe fans "getting their hopes up" here. The only unrealistic comment comes from someone called Hafiz who thinks we can win the series. The Zim fans are just debating what the strongest team will be, but that does not mean we have any illusions about who will win at the end of the day. And for the record, we can beat Ireland and Netherlands, and they can also beat us on their day too - that is what cricket is all about. You clearly did not watch the T20 tournament in Zim in 2012 when Zim beat SA twice and won the final?

  • Captainman on August 15, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    I wouldn't get your hopes up Zimbabwe fans. Does Zimbabwe really stand a chance of beating Australia and South Africa? you guys couldn't even beat Netherlands or Ireland in a T20 game.

  • ZimCricFan on August 15, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    I agree that Chatara is the most consistent bowlers after Mpofu. If he struggles usually everyone else does so I think he's injured a bit or fatigued.

    This is where Zim cricket get it wrong sometimes. They measure someone performing well in a different format, and thinking it converts to another. Nyumbu played well in the test but does not mean he's at that level in limited overs. Utseya will still be my pick. Every format has different pressures.

    I still believe Vusi's best format is test cricket because people give him the 'aggressive' tag but does not give you any runs. With the squad they have they will probably rotate him with Waller but I prefer Waller.

    For me: 1)Raza 2)Masakadza 3)Taylor 4)Williams 5)Waller 6)Chigumbura 7)Mutumbami 8)Jongwe 9)Utseya 10)Panyangara 11)Vitori.

    I really like Jongwe, he will be threatening Chigumbura's position soon on the allrounder position which making him ODI captain will cause problems.

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