Masakadza ruled out of sec­ond Ki­wis Test

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Bon­gani Ndlovu Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

TOP or­der bats­man Hamil­ton Masakadza has been ruled out of the sec­ond Test against New Zealand that be­gins at Queens Sports Club in Bu­l­awayo this morn­ing.

Masakadza, who Zimbabwe’s most ex­pe­ri­enced bats­man with 30 Test matches un­der his belt, suf­fered a lower back in­jury in the first Test that the home team heav­ily lost by an in­nings and 117 runs at the same venue.

Masakadza has scored three cen­turies, in­clud­ing a ca­reer-best 158 against Bangladesh, but has, how­ever, been a huge dis­ap­point­ment with the bat, scor­ing a pal­try 15 and four runs in the first Test.

Tino Ma­woyo has re­cov­ered from a thumb in­jury and is ex­pected to take his place at the top of the or­der. Spin­ner John Nyumbu has also been added to the 15-man squad to beef up a bowl­ing at­tack that re­lied on part time bowlers in the first Test. Nyumbu will join his cap­tain Graeme Cre­mer as a spe­cial­ist spin­ner.

The only re­al­is­tic chance of Zimbabwe lev­el­ling the se­ries will be for them to bowl out New Zealand in both in­nings since bat­ting has proved to be a big chal­lenge. is This could also see pace­men Chris Mpofu and Njab­ulo Ny­oni be­ing brought into the fray to add zest to the bowl­ing at­tack.

Ma­woyo said the team had time to re­flect truth­fully on the ca­pit­u­la­tion of the top or­der in the first Test.

“We’ve spo­ken about the top or­der prob­a­bly not do­ing as good

as they should have, for ex­am­ple the two c ol l ap s e s . The bowlers not hit­ting the right ar­eas and so if we can ad­dress those is­sues and the top or­der can set a com­pet­i­tive score, for me that’ll be a plus,” said Ma­woyo. He said if picked, he was ready to help Zimbabwe give the Black Caps a com­pet­i­tive match. “I’ll be look­ing to play a part in rec­ti­fy­ing the col­lapse that hap­pened in the last Test. I haven’t played at this level in a while, but I can bat to my abil­ity. It was un­for­tu­nate that my thumb was in­jured dur­ing the South Africa A se­ries and I had a cou­ple of good knocks. With that I hope I can make a con­tri­bu­tion to the Zimbabwean Test score,” said Ma­woyo. New Zealand top or­der bats­man Bradley-John Watling said the Black Caps had rested and were rar­ing to go. “We’re stick­ing with the same 11 that played last time. The boys have rested af­ter hav­ing vis­ited Heath Streak’s farm and watched a beau­ti­ful sunset. We’re back at train­ing and are ready to play against Zimbabwe,” said Watling. He said they ex­pect a more dif­fi­cult game, as Zimbabwe would have learnt from their mis­takes. “Zimbabwe will be a dif­fi­cult op­po­nent this time be­cause they have learnt one or two things. The match will be tougher be­cause the sur­face will be slower, mak­ing it hard to score runs,” said Watling — @ bon­ganinkunzi.

Hamil­ton Masakadza

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