Blignaut key to Zim success: Streak
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Blignaut key to Zim success: Streak

Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak said on Monday that struggling paceman Andy Blignaut is the key if his side is to break its winless streak.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2004 15:09 IST

Zimbabwe cricket captain Heath Streak said Monday that struggling paceman Andy Blignaut is the key if his side is to break its winless streak in the final round-robin tri-series match on Tuesday at the WACA Ground.

Australia and India have already clinched the best-of-three finals series. The first match is on Friday in Melbourne.

Streak said Perth could be the setting for Blignaut to finish off a disappointing tour with a match-winning performance.

On Sunday, India struggled to cope with the added bounce and pace of the WACA pitch Sunday in a five-wicket loss to Australia.

Zimbabwe had its only win of its Australian tour at the WACA in a narrow one-day victory Australia A on New Year's Day.

"He (Blignaut) bowled well in his last outing here and we will be hoping for a bit more of that, he has not bowled to his ability this tour," Streak said.

"We are hoping this wicket will suit him the best and he can pull off a match-winning performance which he is capable of." Streak denied his team lacks the pace to exploit local conditions.

"I think Andy Blignaut has been as quick of some of the others, he is up in the 140s (kph) and a few of us have been bowling as quick as (Brad) Williams and Andy (Bichel)," he said.

Streak said injuries to batsmen Mark Vermeulen and Craig Wishart had played a significant part in his side's failure to make an impact in the series.

"It has been a tough tour so it would be good for us (to win), we have been close in the past three games but we have been unable to cross the line," he said.

He predicted India's batsmen will make adjustments to the WACA pitch for Tuesday's day-nighter.

"They will be wanting to get some practice before the finals and we will be looking to leave the shores of Australia with at least one notch on our belt," he said.

Streak has been a success in the limited-overs competition, making 205 runs at 68.33 and claiming 14 wickets at 21.57.

First Published: Feb 02, 2004 15:09 IST