Zimbabwe shift focus to Australia as Muzarabani returns

Blessing Muzarabani has returned to the Zimbabwe ahead of their ODI series in Australia

Zimbabwe will have no time to rest after their One Day International (ODI) series whitewash against India.

Barely a few hours after the conclusion of their ODI series against India, the national cricket team has immediately shifted their attention to Australia ahead of another three-match series which gets underway in Townsville on Sunday.

The Chevrons suffered a narrow 13-run loss to India in the third ODI at Harare Sports Club on Monday with allrounder Sikandar Raza scoring a century while fast bowler Brad Evans took a maiden five-wicket haul.

Despite narrowly missing out on a morale-boosting consolation win, the Zimbabwe side will have been encouraged by their fighting performance ahead of their departure for Australia.

Zimbabwe left for Australia on Tuesday morning with a squad of 15 players including the fit-again fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani.

The Zimbabwe cricket team left for Australia on Tuesday, a few hours after ODI series against India

The Chevrons pace spearhead, who has fully recovered from a thigh muscle tear, is the only addition to the side that faced India in the just-ended ODI.

He replaces fellow fast bowler Tanaka Chivanga, who along with spinner John Masara will remain at home among the non-travelling reserves.

Zimbabwe also left for Australia without regular players Tendai Chatara, Wellington Masakadza, Milton Shumba and skipper Craig Ervine who are all still sidelined by injuries.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Regis Chakabva will retain the captaincy duties in Ervine’s absence.

Zimbabwe will face Australia in the three ODIs which have been scheduled for Townsville, a coastal city in north-eastern Queensland, Australia.

The first match between the two sides is scheduled for this Sunday before the two teams square off on August 31 and September 3 in the three-match series which forms part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.

Zimbabwe Squad: Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva (captain), Bradley Evans, Luke Jongwe, Innocent Kaia, Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Clive Madande, Wessly Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Tony Munyonga, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza and Victor Nyauchi.


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