Tour of New Zealand 2011-12 Captain: Brendan Taylor
Zimbabwe’s twenty-first Test tour
Fourth Test-playing tour of New Zealand by Zimbabwe
(January - February 2012)
Zimbabwe had not played any Test matches since September 2005. Three visits to the country, made by Bangladesh, Pakistan and New Zealand, were arranged for 2011. Bangladesh were well beaten and New Zealand taken into the fifth day of a close-fought Test, raising hopes for the first Zimbabwean Test appearance overseas for six years. The tour included a reciprocal Test match against New Zealand with three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games.
However, this first tour since readmission to Test cricket was a disaster. Coach Alan Butcher admitted that his side was embarrassed by losing the Test match within three days, being kept in the field for two of them and bowled out twice in a day on the third. "It bore no relation to how we've played in recent times." Zimbabwe went on to lose all the one-day and Twenty20 matches to give New Zealand a clean sweep in the limited-overs series, too.
Other Zimbabwe tours
South Africa 2004-05
West Indies 2012-13
Next tour of New Zealand
Members of the Test tour party (15)
Opening batsmen Hamilton Masakadza, Tino Mawoyo, Stuart Matsikenyeri.
Middle-order batsmen Brendan Taylor, Regis Chakabva, Malcolm Waller.
Wicket-keeper: Tatenda Taibu, Forster Mutizwa.
Spin bowlers: Graeme Cremer Raymond Price.
Fast bowlers: Elton Chigumbura, Kyle Jarvis, Shingirai Masakadza, Keegan Meth, Brian Vitori.
R W Chakabva
A G Cremer
K M Jarvis
S W Masakadza
T M K Mawoyo
K O Meth
RHB reserve WK
R W Price
B R M Taylor
RHB opener captain
B V Vitori
M N Waller
Joined the tour party for the
P Utseya (Moun)
one-day internationals and T20s
Castle Logan Cup teams
Msh : Mashonaland Eagles (6)
Mat : Matabeleland Tuskers (1)
Mid-W: Mid-West Rhinos (3)
Moun : Mountaineers (3)
Sth : Southern Rocks (2)
Taylor was not in the Logan Cup
Average age of team at time of first Test match
(26 January 2012) :
26 yrs 4 months
Key to type:
RHB Right-handed bat
RM Right arm medium-paced bowler
RFM Right-arm fast medium
OB Off break
ODI Member of squad for the ODI series
Test Appearances made before the tour
Taibu 27, Price 21, H Masakadza 18, Taylor 13, Matsikenyeri 8, Chigumbura 7, Cremer 6, Jarvis 3, Mawoyo 3, Vitori 2, Chakabva 1, Waller 1, SW Masakadza 0, Meth 0, Mutizwa 0.
Lorraine Chivandire ?
Givemore Makoni (acting convenor of selectors), Kevin Curran, Wayne James.
Givemore Makoni was the chief executive officer of Southern Rocks franchise.
A twenty-man squad was named for a two-week training camp held in Harare from 4 January:
Brendan Taylor, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Chamunorwa Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer, Kyle Jarvis, Hamilton Masakadza, Shingirai Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Tinotenda Mawoyo, Keegan Meth, Forster Mutizwa, Njabulo Ncube, Raymond Price, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Tatenda Taibu, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller.
Not included in squad: Charles Coventry, Craig Ervine.
Unavailable: Chris Mpofu (lower back pain); Tendai Chatara replaced him at the camp.
Tour Party Announced : 12 January 2012.
Not selected : Vusi Sibanda because he played in Sydney grade cricket in Australia rather than in local cricket for mid-West Rhinos. Zimbabwe Cricket considered only those players playing locally.
Time between selection and departure from Zimbabwe
(12 January - 16 January)
Harare Q Auckland
The tourists warmed up with a week-long camp. Departure from Harare was around lunchtime on Monday 16 January. They flew via Johannesburg, Dubai and Brisbane.
The Zimbabwe team, expected to land in Auckland on Tuesday afternoon, did not arrive until Wednesday 18 January. The side flew on to Gisborne on Friday for their three-day game and linked up with skipper Brendan Taylor who was already playing in New Zealand.
Time spent in New Zealand
(18 January -
On-tour selection panel
New Zealand XI
NEW ZEALAND Test Match
LOST inns 301 r
New Zealand (1st ODI)
Lost 90 r
New Zealand (2nd ODI)
Lost 141 r
New Zealand (3rd ODI)
Lost 202 r
New Zealand (1st T20)
Lost 7 w
New Zealand (2nd T20)
Lost 5 w
§ ODI Series
Å Twenty20 internationals
� not first-class
Time spent in New Zealand before First Test:
(18 January - 26 January)
Test appearances on tour
• Regis Chakabva …
• In the third ODI Zimbabwe-born substitute fielder Colin de Grandhomme made two catches and a run out for his adopted country New Zealand.
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
§ One-day internationals
Å T20 internationals
Return to Zimbabwe
Auckland Q ? Q Harare
Graeme Cremer was not in the one-day squad and returned to Zimbabwe, being replaced by Prosper Utseya
The team returned to Harare on approx 16 February 2012.
Time away from Zimbabwe
(16 January - 16 February)
Accounts of the tour