National cricket Test team opening batsmen Vusi Sibanda and Tino Mawoyo might have thrust themselves out of national team reckoning following poor performances for the Zimbabwe A side touring Bangladesh.
The national team will tour Bangladesh for three Test matches and Mawoyo and Sibanda, both struggling for runs, were given an opportunity to restore confidence and form, but both are failing that test.
Mawoyo scored 29 runs in two innings of Zimbabwe’s 181 run defeat in the second four-day game, while Sibanda scored 12.
The two have opened the batting for Zimbabwe since their return to Test cricket in 2011 after a break.
National team coach Steve Mangongo this week shared his disappointment with their form, as well as that of Mark Vermuelen as other senior players continue preparations in Harare.
“It’s been disappointing to see the senior players that we had sent there for remedial struggle so much,” said Mangongo. “We had hoped that they could use this trip to regain their form and generally get their game back together.
“Vusi has been lacking consistency, one day he gets 60 the next he gets a zero, so we wanted him to sort that aspect of his game out. On the other hand for Tino it has been a total disaster but I can’t say I am surprised he is not fit; he went and spent time in the UK playing boozers’ cricket and now its catching up with him, he can hardly get 10 runs in an innings.”
Mangongo said he was equally disappointed with Vermeulen, who struggled against spin against the Proteas in a one-off Test match last month and has shown no signs of improvement in Bangladesh.
But despite the team losing their first two unofficial Tests in Bangladesh heavily, Mangongo said they have drawn positives from the tour.
“There are a number of positives, and we were pleased to see Brian Chari scoring 47 and 74 in the second match while Wellington Masakadza also raised his hand with good performances in the bowling department. So far it’s been a mixed bag of pleasing and displeasing signs. The tour has achieved what it was meant to, which is giving the younger players an opportunity to showcase their talent.”