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Houghton rallies Zimbabwe


Zimbabwe’s first Test Captain Dave Houghton has ralied behind the national team for a comeback against the highly charged New Zealand in the remaining two one-day international (ODI) series and one-off Test.

The second ODI is at Harare Sports Club today.
The national cricket team has been on the receiving end against the Black Caps after losing out in their two matches in the Twenty20 series and the first ODI on Thursday.

The most discouraging part is that New Zealand have been winning their games convincingly, with their openers Martin Guptill and Brendan McCullum outstanding.

In an interview with NewsDay Sport, Houghton said the national team can come back into the match.

“At least if they should win one match in the ODI and may be lose the series, l think it will be an achievement. The guys haven’t played together as a national team together with such quality sides and it is something they need to continue to do to improve,” said Houghton.

The former skipper encouraged Zimbabwe.
“The players should not lose hope just because they have been on the receiving end. They can always come back and win the series and the Test match.

New Zealand is a quality side and reached the World Cup semi finals, so by so doing our guys are playing with one of the biggest players in the World, but we should at least put a competitive show,” he added.

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