West Indies debacle a wake-up call: Taylor
HARARE – Zimbabwe cricket captain Brendan Taylor says the team’s disastrous tour of the West Indies last month served as a wake-up call for the side.
Zimbabwe picked themselves up from that Caribbean tour, where they were whitewashed across all three formats, to demolish Bangladesh by 335 runs with a day to spare in the first Test which ended on Saturday.
And Taylor, who struggled with his game in the West Indies, led with twin centuries against the Tigers, becoming only the third Zimbabwean after the great Flower brothers to achieve the feat.
“We have worked really hard, we have taken a lot out of the West Indies tour and we probably needed that to get ourselves a bit of a wake-up call,” Taylor said after the match.
“We are a bunch of guys that are willing to learn, (we) really trained hard. Our bowlers are putting in a lot of hard work and our batters are trying really hard. I’m not surprised at the way we played because we are comfortable at home and we just executed all three departments perfectly.”
Zimbabwe had the privilege to opt for the longer route to victory when they decided not to enforce the follow-on after Bangladesh were dismissed for a measly 134 runs on day three and trailing Zimbabwe’s first innings score of 389 by 255 runs.
The hosts, however, lost early four wickets before Taylor and Graeme Cremer (43) rescued the innings.
“I communicated with the bowlers and they said they might be a lit bit weary at the end of the day. We communicated with the coach (Steve Mangongo), the batting coach (Grant Flower) and agreed that we went to bat but it was a bit nerve-wrecking when we lost two quick wickets.”
Taylor finished the match as the leading scoring with 273 runs, eight runs short of Bangladesh’s combined total of 281.