Test Cricket Tours - Zimbabwe to South Africa 1999-00
Tour ofSouth Africa 1999-00Captain: Alistair Campbell
Zimbabwe’s ninth Test tour
First Test-playing tour of South Africa by Zimbabwe
Having just lost a Test match and all three of the limited-overs internationals against Australia by wide margins, Zimbabwe travelled to South Africa with a determination to do better.This tour was brief, one of the shortest Test tours, consisting of one match and lasting for little more than a week but the South Africans’ return visit was even briefer for the second match of the two-Test series played in Harare beginning on 11 November.
Without Heath Streak on tour, and with the leg-spinner Paul Strang and fast-medium Neil Johnson injured, the visitors’ bowling was far from threatening. Guy Whittall played a fighting innings of 85, having entered at number 8 with his team 79 for 6, but Zimbabwe were emphatically beaten by an innings and 13 runs.
Opening batsmen::Trevor Gripper, Grant Flower, Gavin Rennie.
Middle-order batsmen: Murray Goodwin, Alastair Campbell, Guy Whittall
Slow bowlers: Andy Whittall
Fast bowlers: Pommie Mbangwa, Henry Olonga, David Mutendera, Brian Strang.
A R Blignautw/d
A D R Campbell
G W Flower
M W Goodwin
T R Gripper
N C Johnson
D T Mutendera
H K Olonga
G J Rennie
B C Strang
H H Streakw/d
G J Whittall
A R Whittall
Representation in teams:
CD Country Districts
Average age of team at time of first Test match
(29 October 1999) :
26 yrs1 month
Key to type:
LHB Left-handed bat
RMRight arm medium-paced bowler
RFMRight-arm fast medium
Test Appearances made before the tour
Campbell 34,A Flower 34,G W Flower 33,G J Whittall 26, BC Strang 14,Olonga 11,Rennie 11,Goodwin 10, A J Whittall 9,Mbangwa 9, Johnson 4, Gripper 1, Mutendera 0.
Andy Pycroft (convenor), Iain Butchart, Denis Streak, Ali Shah, Trevor Penney.
Unavailable:Adam Huckle - he had retired when Paul Strang was preferred; but Strang was injured for this tour.
Tour Party Announced :Monday 25 October 1999.
Not selected :
WithdrawalHeath Streak (chronic tendonitis in knee).Heath Steak was selected but had a swollen knee which caused him to miss three ODIs against Australia.. He was given until the morning of the Test match on Friday 29th to prove his fitness, but doctors ruled him out beforehand.
Andy Blignaut was brought in as cover but pulled a muscle practising, so Pommie Mbangwa replaced him.
Time between selection and departure from Zimbabwe
(25 October to 26 October)
Trevor Gripper, Henry Olonga and Bryan Strang went to South Africa on 19 October - to join the Zimbabwe Board XI team and replace 3 others chosen for the ODIs against Australia.
The remainder of the team flew from Harare to Johannesburg on Tuesday, 26 October 1999two days before the Test match was due to start, and then caught another flight south to Bloemfontein on 27 November.
Time spent in South Africa
(26 October- 3 November)
None.Andy Blignaut suffered a pulled muscle and was unable to play in the Test match.
SOUTH AFRICATest Match
LOST inns 13 r
Time spent in South Africa before the Test: match
(26 - 29 October)
Test appearances on tour
1 -Campbell,A Flower,GW Flower,G J Whittall, B C Strang,Olonga,Rennie,Goodwin, Mbangwa, Johnson , Gripper.
0-Mutendera,A J Whittall.
• Guy Whittall top-scored for Zimbabwe in both innings with 85 and 51, the only fifties scored.
• Henry Olonga (4-93) had the best bowling figures.
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
Return to Zimbabwe
The team arrived in Harare back from the South African tour on the night of Wednesday 3 November 1999.
The selectors named their side for the second Test match against South Africa(at Harare) on 5 November.
Time away from Zimbabwe
(26 October to 3 November)
Accounts of the tour
A week later David Ellman-Brown, Chairman of the Zimbabwe Cricket Union, announced that skipper Alistair Campbell had tendered his resignation and that Andy Flower would take over as captain in a caretaker capacity until the end of December.
At the end of 1999 Zimbabwe were at the bottom of the Wisden world Test rankings.