Jarvis out, Kasuza returns
EXPERIENCED Zimbabwe seamer Kyle Jarvis has been ruled of the second Test against Sri Lanka which starts at Harare Sports Club this morning after picking up an injury in the first match.
Zimbabwe needs to win the match in order to level the series after losing the first Test by 10 wickets last week.
However, the hosts will now have to do without one of their leading strike bowlers after Jarvis picked up an injury in the first match.
The good news though for Zimbabwe is that opening batsman Kevin Kasuza has been given the all clear to take part in the game after recovering from a concussion.
Kasuza was hit by the ball on his helmet while fielding at short leg during Sri Lanka’s first innings.
The debutant had scored a maiden half century when he reached 63 in Zimbabwe’s first innings but was ruled out of the second due to a delayed concussion. Another debutant Brian
Mudzinganyama replaced Kasuza for the second innings.
Zimbabwe batting coach Stuart Matsikenyeri is looking forward to Kasuza’s return to the line-up this morning.
“Kev has trained well, he seems to be over the concussion so obviously the medical team will make the final call but so far he’s looking good, we are excited to be having him back in the side,” Matsikenyeri said.
After nearly holding on for a draw, Matsikenyeri said the hosts need motivation heading into the second Test.
“Obviously the top order that we had laid a platform that we desperately needed for a long time in Zimbabwe cricket which was very refreshing…we do think that we really have a good experienced middle order which didn’t fire as we would have wanted,” he said.
Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne said they are hoping to build healthy partnerships up front to give themselves an opportunity to wrap up the series.
“I think the bowlers did a huge thing on the last day to turn us on a path to win the Test match and also Angelo’s (Mathews) double hundred those were the key points, ,” Karunaratne said.
“We did really well in the first Test and also the fielding was really up to standard and such are the key areas we need to take to the second Test.
“We don’t have enough players to try out different combinations and we will try to play the same squad and give them a chance to establish their places.”