The Sylhet Test will be Zimbabwe’s first game in the format since December 2017 and they do not get to play another until the latter part of 2019
Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza said his side’s intention will be to capitalise on the opportunities they missed out on recently and drive the nail in the coffin when they take on host Bangladesh in the first of two Test matches at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium Saturday.
Tourist Zimbabwe are coming into the series on the back of a 3-0 whitewash in the ODI series, and under-prepared in the three-day game with the majority of it getting abandoned by rain and wet outfield.
“Preparation wasn’t ideal. Most of the game was washed out. But we did manage to get on the field for 50 overs on the last day. Just one practice session going into the Test match so the boys are trying to get the most out of it (Friday),” said Masakadza to the media at SICS Friday.
“For a start, we are looking to improve on driving the nail. We got ourselves into excellent positions in couple of the ODIs but we couldn’t pull through so the talk around the change room has been about pushing through those positions and driving the nail in,” the right-handed batsman added.
The African nation can take inspiration from the fact that the side do not get to play a lot of longer version cricket.
The Sylhet Test will be Zimbabwe’s first game in the format since December 2017 and they do not get to play another until the latter part of 2019.
“We would like to play a lot more Test cricket but we don’t so it is easier to motivate the guys. It is easy to just tell them to go out there and put everything. We don’t get these opportunities often. We have to take this opportunity with both hands, and just go and play our best cricket. We have a long break before our next Test series so it is even more motivation to put in as much as possible now, to take this opportunity,” Masakadza explained.