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Zimbabawe have ideas to stem rot

After suffering three thrashings, Heath Streak said his team had "come up with new ideas" to reverse its fortunes.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2004 15:44 IST

After suffering three thrashings in the triangular series, Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak on Monday said his beleaguered team had "come up with some new ideas" to reverse its fortunes.

Streak said his team was quite used to losing matches but the huge margin of defeats had made it difficult mentally to pick up their game.

"We have to rebound from our first three losses. They were heavy losses. We have a lot of time to think about it and we have come up with some new ideas," Streak said on the eve of their fourth match in the series against India at the Gabba.

"As Zimbabweans we are quite used to losing even though we don't like it. It becomes difficult mentally to pick yourself up from that sort of defeats," he said.

The skipper said one of his top four batsmen would have to come good to force India on the backfoot tomorrow.

"As we saw on Sunday, if somebody could bat as well as Matthew Hayden and VVS Laxman and get a big score, we could have a total to compete," Streak said after his team's practice session.

"If we bowl with discipline like we did in the first game in Sydney, we would be a side to reckon with. We have seen the pressure of chasing in this series, two sides have chased and been in good position yet lost."

"These guys are keen to show they can really compete. We are not here to just make up numbers though it does look like that at the moment. The other guys have to just get in and express themselves," Streak said.

"The work ethics have been good. It is not for lack of effort. We have had a lot of discussion, gone out of circle and tried to get some advice," he said.

Streak revealed he has had a few offers but he has chosen to stay with Zimbabwe as he liked representing his country.

"I would be lying if I said I didn't have thoughts (about migrating) but I love playing for my country. I have had a couple of offers from counties and couple of offers came from South Africa also. While I am happy to know there is something I could fall back upon, I am pretty happy doing my rounds for my country."

"The game is getting bigger, it is being televised and is the fastest growing sport in Zimbabwe. But the cricket culture comes with time. As we travel and take the exposure back home, more and more kids will get interested and the game would grow."

First Published: Jan 19, 2004 15:44 IST