Zimbabwe confident in familiar conditions

Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine is confident of his boys in familiar Bangladesh conditions ahead of the only Test in Dhaka.

Zimbabwe are in Bangladesh for one-off Test and then three ODIs and two T20Is. The only Test begins on Saturday (22 February) at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur.

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Stand-in skipper Ervine speaks optimistic words ahead of the series following Zimbabwe’s latest performance against Sri Lanka at home where they drew the second of the two Test matches. Zimbabwe almost had Sri Lanka in their hands for a victory in that game. Although Ervine focuses on doing the preparations in the right way.

“Obviously we have come here to win. We had a good series against Sri Lanka. It has given us some momentum after having a long break previously to that series. We came here with Bangladesh being familiar with the condition as we travel here frequently. Putting their result aside, we need to concentrate on what we need to do,” Ervine said.

“We have got a few new guys in the team so trying to get them as comfortable as possible. We need to make sure our practice is going our process is going and we need to make sure we do not get caught in the backfoot on the first day of the Test match.”

Bangladesh conditions are no new to Zimbabwe as they regularly tour Bangladesh. They have been in Bangladesh on six occasions (bilateral tri-series) since late 2014. The tourists are looking to make use of familiar conditions.

“A lot of countries toured here have struggled with the conditions. Having said that we are one of the teams that have come here more often than any other country around the world. We are familiar with this condition and spin will play a big part. It is something we have to take care leading into the Test match,” Ervine added.

In the last Test series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe here in 2018, the two-match series ended 1-1.

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