Centurion Streak thanks his team mates
Heath Streak's maiden Test century took 91 innings to achieve, but all the Zimbabwe captain wanted to talk about was the support he received from his team mates.india Updated: Nov 05, 2003 22:17 IST
Heath Streak's maiden Test century took 91 innings to achieve, but all the Zimbabwe captain wanted to talk about was the support he received from his team mates.
Streak scored an undefeated 127 on the second day of the first Test against West Indies on Wednesday, helping his side to a total of 507 for nine declared.
"I thought it was a fantastic effort by Stuart Matsikenyeri (57) and Tatenda Taibu (83) yesterday and going into today, and the partnership between Andy Blignaut (91) and myself was also great," Streak told reporters.
"It's great to get into a position where we put the pressure on the West Indies."
Streak and Blignaut added 168, a Zimbabwe eighth-wicket record. Two years ago the pair put on a record 154 for the seventh wicket against the same opposition at the same venue.
Blignaut was at the crease for more than three hours and Streak for just less than six. They then shared the new ball when West Indies began their reply.
"It was a concern that we were using up so much energy batting," Streak said. "I didn't want to have to bowl too much, but we also wanted one or two breakthroughs.
"Unfortunately, the bad light set in sooner than we anticipated."
Streak, 29, put his century down to the efforts he has made to improve his batting.
"I've worked more my on batting in the latter stages of my career," Streak said. "When I first came onto the scene I focused my on my bowling.
"But the body's not getting any younger, so I've got to chip in with the runs to keep my spot in the side."
Streak hoped left-arm spinner Ray Price would help Zimbabwe keep the upper hand on Thursday.
"Tomorrow is a key day, and we need early breakthroughs," Streak said.
"It's a good wicket, but hopefully it will take a bit of wear and I think Raymond Price's bowling could be the key."