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Test cricket is going to improve us as players: Chigumbura

cricket Updated: Mar 20, 2011 20:31 IST

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With the country set to return to Test fold after a six-year hiatus, Zimbabwe is preparing to brace the five-day format they were once part of.

Zimbabwe, who played their last Test against India in September 2005, will return to Test cricket when they take on Bangladesh, tentatively in August, followed by a series against Pakistan and New Zealand.

Following their huge win over Kenya in their final group A World Cup game, Zimbabwe skipper Elton Chigumbura was all excited and said their players would benefit immensely by playing Test cricket.

"The next three months are going to be very important for us. We are all excited about Test cricket. We know it is going to improve us as players.

"We have to put the hard work in three months. We know where we are and we know what we need to do before we start our first game," the skipper said.

Pointing to their performance against Kenya, the skipper said, "That is what I have been asking from the guys (good work with both bat and ball). Today we played an all-round game. Our bowling has been consistent. Hopefully, we can do better in coming matches, especially with the bat."

He said it was a good wicket to bat.

"I think it was always difficult for them specially in the second part of the game against our spinners. I thought we played very well. It was a good wicket once you get yourself in."