Following your debut in 2005, you have played only 19 Tests. Any regrets at not being able to play more Tests? It is difficult. You can probably compare yourselves with teams who play 15-20 Tests per year. We could potentially play more Tests in the next couple of years. But I wish it was different, looking back. You boast the record of facing the most number of balls as a No 8 batsman (351 in both innings). You made the record against Sri Lanka in Harare in 2016, surpassing Wasim Akram, who faced 363 deliveries. You also scored a century in that game. What is your take on that? It was a very important knock. When I walked in, we were under a bit of pressure. I felt this urge to dig in as I was the captain. I was batting with one of the in batsman. I needed to stick around for him. I had a decent partnership with PJ (Peter) Moore. Once he got out, I wanted to be the last man standing. It was career defining and to do it in front of family and home fans in Harare was awesome for me. Scoring a Test hundred as a lower order batsman is something special. I’d like to see myself as an all-rounder, because my batting has come along. It is never easy in the shorter format when you don’t have time to score the runs. I value 20-30 in an ODI that can help the team. I see myself as a bowling all-rounder.
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You left the game to become a professional golfer in 2013. You later returned to cricket in 2015. Why did you decide to opt for golf? From a young age, I played a lot of golf. I loved the game. I wanted to try an individual sport and see, if I fail, it is because of me. It is different in cricket. I wanted to see how well I could control myself as an individual. I did stop enjoying playing cricket. I had a few knee issues. I just started going to practice. I loved being on the field, but I hated training. I needed that break. But it was good for my cricket. How has your captaincy experience been so far? I get along very well with Heath [Streak], who has been a past captain. He helps me to express what I need to, to the team. It helps my own performance at the same time. I am really enjoying captaining the team. What is the biggest improvement Zimbabwe cricket has made in the last 18 months? Heath Streak has made a huge difference for us. We have given players the freedom, without the fear of being dropped. We have given guys the long run. They have become more positive now. We have tried to tell them to play freely.
Proud of my RED Smurfs.... pic.twitter.com/oz5xUYz8Jf— Graeme Cremer (@GraemeCremer) June 30, 2017