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
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.
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
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:
age of team at time of first Test match
(29 October 1999) :
Key to type:
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.
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.
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
(26 October- 3 November)
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
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
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
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.
end of 1999 Zimbabwe
were at the bottom of the Wisden world Test rankings.