Harare - Zimbabwe coach Heath Streak says his side can build on their
performances in the recent series in Sri Lanka.
The Africa side beat Sri Lanka 3-2 in a five-match ODI
series, their first ever bilateral series success against the Asian team,
before narrowly going down by four wickets in the one-off Test in Colombo.
It took a record chase by the home team to topple Zimbabwe
in the longest format and although he was disappointed that they couldn't end
the tour on high, Streak was positive ahead of future engagements.
Zimbabwe are set to play a home series against West Indies
in October and they will also be involved in a qualifying tournament for the
2019 World Cup.
Streak said on their arrival back home: "We were all
disappointed, we felt we could have won that Test match and it was a tough fight
back given we got so close to winning.
"We know that when West Indies come in October the
belief will be there, we can build on the performances that we had in Sri Lanka
getting onto the West Indies and into next year to the World Cup
Streak, a former Zimbabwe captain who took more than 400
wickets in international cricket, feels the belief in the camp is really high
and they can get better given time.
The coach also thanked the country's cricket board (ZC) for
all the improvements they have made in recent months.
Streak continued: "I think we have seen what these guys
are capable of...I would like to thank ZC for all their support and what they
did behind the scenes.
"What we achieved is not something that happens
overnight but I think what we have seen and what we have realised is that this
is a watershed moment for this team in terms of what their capabilities are and
where we can go as a cricketing nation.
"The belief in this team is really very high, I would
like to congratulate them on the hard work they put in the last year or so.
"We have been having tough times and we have been
challenged but they have been rewarded."