Namibia strive to win series in fifth T20I
After a last-ball victory to level the playing field, Namibia have the chance to secure a historic series win against African rivals Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Tuesday.
Locked at 2-2 with alternating team wins, the Eagles have not fallen back in the series and will be imagine their chances even away from home.
Continuing their preparation for Australia 2022 and with ranking points for the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup qualification on the line, Namibia are beginning to emulate the form of the 2021 tournament, where they progressed to the Super 12 stage on the back of fundamentals. , disciplined cricket.
Staying calm amid high-pressure situations in the same vein as their World Cup performance against Ireland last year, sKipper Gerhard Erasmus was once again out in the middle as Namibia took the win to level Zimbabwe’s series, watching from the non-attacking side as Zane Green won the game from the last ball.
Erasmus is once again in the thick of the action, scoring 123 runs at 41 with a strike rate of 114 in the series, although the workload has been shared by most of the squad, with a host of players of the intensifying group.
Despite the absence of JJ Smit Versatile MRF ICC No.4 T20I Tires who returned home after the death of his father and the injury of Stephen Baard, people like Michael van Lingen, Divan la Cock and Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton made bigger contributions with bat, alongside an industrial performance from the bowling band.
Prior to the series, Erasmus emphasized the need to round off the depth of talent through experience against opposition from full members.
“(We are) continually looking to expand the depth of the squad. Is it an easy job in Namibia? No. A very small country, very small population, which just means there are fewer cricketers I guess we sometimes outperform and sometimes we punch above our weight,” he said.
“We have people like Divan la Cock who have just entered the national team setup. So that’s a big plus for us. Great potential to be a player for us over the next three to ten years if all goes well.
“You need development to happen.”
Although perhaps the biggest benefit for Namibia is Erasmus himself who will see the series unscathed.
Breaking his hand bones three times in the past seven months has been frustrating on a personal level for the national skipper, unable to properly prepare for next year’s key fixtures in either ball format White.
“I’ve had to show a lot of resilience over the last two months and that mental toughness to come back at the right pace and in the right mental space. If you’re going downhill and you’re feeling a little desperate, you can go in dark places,” Erasmus said.
“You have a long way to go to get back to either training or going out to the park to get back to the level of cricket you need to be at.”
“It’s quite a journey and it’s quite eye-opening mentally.”
If Namibia win the fifth T20I, it will be their first series win against a full member in either limited overs format.
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