Black Caps

by Sports Reporter

THE New Zealand cricket team arrived in Harare on Wednesday for their tour
of Zimbabwe which gets underway with a Twenty20 match on Saturday.

The tour comprises two Twenty20 and two One-Day International matches at the
Harare Sports Club in the capital and a one-dayer and a one-off Test Match
at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.
The Black Caps captain, Ross Taylor, is confident of the outcome of his team’s

“We are glad to be here in Zimbabwe. We are coming here to win and it’s
going to be a tough series, they [Zimbabwe] played very well against
Bangladesh and Pakistan but we are still expecting to win,” said Taylor.

He also acknowledged some of the home side’s main performers and the need
for his team to apply a lot of pressure on them if they are to be

“The likes of Hamilton Masakadza, [Tatenda] Taibu and Brendan Taylor have a
lot of experience at international level. Brendan being captain – a new
captain just like me – will probably be under pressure in his home country
so that will be good for us.
“Our bowlers will have to put them under pressure and see how they respond,”
he said.

The New Zealand captain also spoke about the different weather conditions
between Zimbabwe and New Zealand and that he will rely on some members of
his team who were part of the 2010 New Zealand A squad that toured the
country in September.

He added: “We’ve just come from three days in Pretoria (South Africa). It is
nice to have acclimatised to the altitude. It has been a long winter for a
lot of players; it is a lot cooler back home in New Zealand so it’s nice to
get a bit of sun on our backs.

“It’s my first trip here but there are a lot of guys who have got experience
in the conditions. We are lucky that the New Zealand A team came last year
and a lot of the players who were in that side are here.”
The Schedule

15-Oct-11 1st T20 vs Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club
17-Oct-11 2nd T20 vs Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club
20-Oct-11 1st ODI vs Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club
22-Oct-11 2nd ODI vs Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club
25-Oct-11 3rd ODI vs Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club
28-29 Oct-11 Warm-up match vs Zimbabwe ‘A’ Bulawayo Athletic Club
1-5 Nov-11 Test Match vs Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club


The Twenty20 Squads

Zimbabwe: Brendan Taylor (Captain); Charles Coventry; Chamunorwa Chibhabha;
Elton Chigumbura; Kyle Jarvis; Hamilton Masakadza; Keegan Meth; Christopher
Mpofu; Natsai M’shangwe; Forster Mutizwa; Raymond Price; Vusimuzi Sibanda;
Tatenda Taibu; Prosper Utseya; and Malcolm Waller.

New Zealand: Ross Taylor (capt), Graeme Aldridge, Doug Bracewell, James
Franklin, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Andy McKay,
Kyle Mills, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson,