Zimbabwe XI v Australia A, Tour match, 2nd day July 12, 2011

Chigumbura leads spirited response in draw

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Australia A 427 for 4 dec (Ferguson 156*, Warner 152) drew with Zimbabwe 306 for 9 (Chigumbura 95, Mutizwa 67, Beer 6-109)

Zimbabwe XI batted out the second day against Australia A as their game ended in a draw. Elton Chigumbura, the former Zimbabwe captain, led the response to an imposing 427 for 4 declared, top-scoring with 95. After being reduced to 54 for 3 at one stage, the Zimbabwe XI middle order put up a fight.

Regis Chakabva supported Chigumbura in a stand of 80 for the fourth wicket, Malcolm Waller made a quick 25 and Forster Mutizwa contributed 67 in a partnership of 81 with Chigumbura. Mutizwa's innings was an attacking one, coming off 70 balls with five fours and two sixes. Michael Beer, the left-arm spinner, was the star for Australia A, taking 6 for 109 but Zimbabwe XI put up a spirited performance in reaching 306 for 9 at the close.

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  • Dummy4 on July 15, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    hoping Copeland gets a bag full of wickets, he would do well in english and south african soils,

  • Christopher on July 15, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    I would hardly describe Zimbabwe as,'decent opposition'as some bloggers have suggested.They could once boast a higly effective test side but are now little more than a modestly performed district cricket side.While the international community,as with the domestic troubles in Pakistan,is trying to maintain a presence,there was no useful information to come from this game.It hasnt even been accorded first class status.I would like to point out Paines inability at any level to score quickly and suggest his removal from the oneday side permanently.I also question his value at test level.Australias keepers in recent years have all had the ability to take on the bowling and quickly take the game away from the opposition.There has been an international vogue for keepers in this direction.Paine cant score quickly and i wonder at the wisdom of the forces that promote his claims to future captaincy.Are they suggesting there are no better keeper batsmen in the country or captaincy candidates?

  • Dummy4 on July 14, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    thats the way to go zim ...keep it up regis ,elton and team

  • Andrew on July 14, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    @Raworth_Rabbitohs - re pace - Copeland operates at a speed about where Zaheer & Anderson bowl, in fact none of the Poms bowled much more than about 5kph quicker than Copeland in the Ashes tour on a regular basis. Also, (dare I mention him), but McGrath was about Copelands pace, so I'm not overly worried about speed. I'd have Copeland playing the 1st Test in SL - I would NOT play him in ODIs unless on tour & trying to get some overs into him. @smudgeon - I think it was really about giving the spinners ago. @Anton Pergl - it has been a source of frustration that O'Keefe seems to be considered a short format specialist - which happens to stats-wise be his worst forms of the game. I would at least expect him to of been in this squad as I can't see what would compel anyone to select Beer or Krezja before him. The List A part of the tour has confirmed in mind that Lyon's start to his career is not a fluke. IMO Hauritz is still our #1 spinner, O'Keefe #2, Lyon #3, Doherty #4, Krezja #5!!!

  • TIm on July 14, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    The selectors need to wake up and look at the talent they already have in the spin stocks instead of going back to what they have already tried. O'Keefe has been playing very well in all first class matches, while Nathan Lyon has been impressive all around. The pace bowlers have been impressive too, Butterworth and Copeland have impressed me alot. If they could get their pace up just a little bit while remaining as consistant, they could be the best in the world in years to come.

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    I have no idea why Steve O'Keefe isn't in the first class squad (at least I don't think he is). He has a superb average of 24.05 with 52 wickets in 14 matches. Add to that a batting average of 36.26. In comparison his limited overs record is rather poor, in particular List A (T20 is reasonable). He should seriously be Australia's number 1 spinner or at least competing with Hauritz for a spot.

    Good on Beer for getting 6, but we are only talking about Zimbabwe here. Encouraging too to see Ferguson and Warner get a solid hit out. Looking forward to the 2 4 day games.

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    You know whats going to happen now. The selectors are going to think Beer is the greatest thing since shane warne. Aweful. Good to see some guys getting a chance but all needs to be put into prospective and cant just look at the stats, need to look at the quality shown right through the game from bat, ball and in the field. My sources tell me copeland beat the bat alot and dave warner played beautifully.

  • kudakwashe on July 13, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Vusa Sibanda should be dropped.He is the most experienced and his contribution of zero runs needs some thinking.Younger guys like Mawoyo,Chakabva should be learning from him but now ats the other way round... i wonder

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    This is very good for BEER it shows he can get a bag of wickets against decent opposition.

  • raymond on July 13, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    in as much as winning is important , i think even for both sides the heart of the tour is to give the players something to get stuck in on and really play and perform on a higher level. had either side been playing for a draw , wewould have seen a more aggressive approach- the four dyaers will reveal more of the raw fight and determination-for zim masakadza hasnt bowled in ages and panyangara has been out of the game for a good 3-4 years. so one cant bemoan the lack of penetration by the quicks...

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