Cricket analyst, Dean Duplesis has called on Zimbabwean batsmen to transform good starts into meaningful contributions if Zimbabwe is to bounce back from a 7 wicket defeat to Australia “A” ahead of the second 4 day encounter set for Harare Sports Club tomorrow.

With a 7 wicket loss still fresh in the minds of the Zimbabwe cricket team, Dean Duplesis says despite some impressive individual performances by Elton Chigumbura, Hamilton Masakadza and Vusimuzi Sibanda, there is need for improvement on the batting front where several players failed to transform good starts into valuable contributions.

Duplesis’ remarks follow a disappointing 7 wicket defeat to Australia ‘A’ which handed the tourists a 1-nil lead going into the second four day game set to start at Harare Sports Club on Thursday.

Despite the 7 wicket defeat, Zimbabwe’s head coach Allan Butcher will be hoping the inclusion of Brendan Taylor and Tatenda Taibu, who both missed the first encounter due to injury will add stability to the team’s batting line up.

Brendan Taylor missed the first four day encounter due to a shoulder injury while a thumb injury kept Tatenda Taibu out of action in the first 4 day encounter.

The Zimbabwe cricket team is using the 4 day encounters with Australia ‘A’ to gear up for a return to test cricket.

Zimbabwe is set to play test cricket for the first time since 2006 when they lock horns with Bangladesh at the end of this month.