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Old August 1, 2009, 06:41 PM
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Go for pace - Streak

The decision by Zimbabwe Cricket to host all five matches at Queens Sports Club, which is considered spin-friendly, could result in Zimbabwe employing a three-man spin attack of Prosper Utseya, Ray Price and Graeme Cremer.

But in an interview with IndependentSport this week, Streak seemed to suggest that this approach might backfire, just as the decision not to have some of the matches played in the placid conditions of Harare Sports Club.

“Bangladesh always struggled against quick bowling when we played,” Streak said.

“If we use slow and turning wickets it gives them confidence. It puts them at ease. When we played them we tried to expose them to conditions they were not comfortable playing in.”

Streak’s side used to defeat the Asian side with relative ease, but the pendulum swung after the exodus of several experienced players.

“I think Bangladesh’s history has always been of an up and down team,” he said. “On their day they can beat anyone. But I think they are a little bit inconsistent.”

But the 35-year-old veteran of 65 Tests and 189 ODIs and his country’s leading wicket-taker at both forms of the game said he still fancied Zimbabwe to do well.

“The last time we played very well against Bangladesh in Bangladesh,” said Streak. “Obviously now the biggest concern is match fitness. That aside, there is a lot of talent in the side.

“If we find early form there is no reason why we can’t beat Bangladesh at home.”
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