i enjoy bowling fast bryan strang

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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You also seem to lose from winning situations, any comments?

It may take a long time to become consistent in Test cricket. As you have pointed out, we have had situations when we appear to be winning but, may be, chose a wrong option out of excitement and end up on the losing side.

Club Cricket is a totally different ball game. There your confidence level would be very high and you can win. But in Test cricket there is no room for over confidence and we have to gain a lot more experience from our international exposures. In fact we have hardly played 50 Tests so far though we have been in the Test arena for the last eight years. It does take time to be fit for the Test match job.

Can you throw some light on your current bowling line-up?

Heath Streak has proved his class in both versions of the game. Olonga too has produced many good spells and proved to be quick too. Now we have Travis Friend, who looks very promising and I was impressed by his performance in Sharjah.

Nkala is another good cricketer around but like Travis lacks experience. Our bowlers' problem is that they don't get good experience of Test matches. When Heath and I started our careers we too had similar problems. The best platform to learn is Test cricket. And we are not playing many Test matches.

What about the financial structure of players?

I think it is good.

But didn't Murray Goodwin go back to Australia as he was not getting enough money playing for Zimbabwe?

I think Murray's reason was due to his family. His wife was there in Australia and Neil Johnson too had some personal problem. His wife was due to have a baby and it was because of family reasons that these two cricketers left Zimbabwe cricket.

Have you dreamt of leading the Zimbabwe team?

I don't believe that I could lead the Zimbabwe team. I have been vice-captain to Guy Whittal in school and believe that a captain's job is very tough. Now I just would like to see senior players doing that job and if I do my work well and if it can be an inspiration for youngsters, I would be satisfied.

In the last couple of years Zimbabwe have had too many captains, any comments?

We are a very close side and we know each other very well. We play as unit so it doesn't make any difference to the players whether the captain is Andy, Whittall, Heath or Campbell or for that matter anyone else.

How is the media coverage in Zimbabwe?

We don't really get a good coverage at home. What we do get is a bit of scorecard and a small report. But they don't understand the game properly. I suppose in a small country like Zimbabwe with only 45 first-class cricketers around one can't help the situation. But, when we don't perform well, we do get a lot of criticism. We have to take it in our stride.

Can you throw some light on your performances so far?

I have a very fond memory of making 50 against Pakistan. We were 172 for seven when Whittall and I added 100 plus runs for the eighth wicket, that too against Waqar and Wasim at their best with the new ball. I also got a five-wicket haul against South Africa, which I think was my most satisfying bowling performance.

Can you say something about your brother Paul Strang?

He is thorough professional cricketer, which I really am not. He has a hundred in Test and has the best bowling figures for Zimbabwe and also got five for 20 against Kenya in a One-day match. He had two wonderful years in English Counties and I really admire his professionalism.

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