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Zimbabwe cricket on the rise

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Former Zimbabwe national cricket team medium pace bowler Gary Brent has said the current senior squad was the best prepared team in the last 15 years and can face tougher opponents in Test matches.

Brent was speaking on the sidelines at Mutare Sports Club where he was conducting a trial session for his club Mountaineers on Monday.

The Alan Butcher-coached side heads are still high after registering a Test win over the touring Bangladesh before finishing the same opponents 3-2 in the UCB One-Day International (ODI) series.

The series win in the ODls was made sweeter because it was the first series win against a Test playing nation in five years, but Brent believes that the win against the Tigers was not a fluke.

‘’The team played absolutely brilliantly, it was one of the best results for the youngsters. They can make it into big-time cricket. There is every reason to believe that the guys can face any tougher Test playing country. With Pakistan coming next, the boys will be presented with another chance to shine again.

“l think this is the best prepared squad in the last 15 years with the hottest worker in the side, Brian Vitori, collecting five wickets on his debut. It’s good for a guy who was playing second team cricket last year.

“I am not surprised with his performance because the youngster worked very hard, you can tell that the side has a future,” he said.

Ironically Brent made his debut for Zimbabwe against Pakistan in 1996 and his career ended against the same team in 1998. His best figures are 4-22 against Bangladesh and his highest score is 59 against South Africa.

Zimbabwe will play one Test, three ODls and two Twenty20s against Pakistan next month.

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