Zimbabwe lost eight ODIs and four T20Is to the trot since their World Cup dreams ended in distress with a three-race loss to the UAE at home in March. After his last defeat, the loss of the ODI series against South Africa, SUV Sean Williams admitted that both he and the team are still obsessed by their failure affected by the rain in the World Cup Qualifiers.
"It's very difficult," Williams said. . "That game against the United Arab Emirates still haunts us all, the players who played in that game." Williams, along with Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine, Graeme Cremer and Sikandar Raza, faced the board in the wake of that tournament, losing the disastrous 0-5 defeat to Pakistan in July.
With fences since they recovered, three of the missing players have already returned and Zimbabwe has had some opportunities to bury the ghosts of that game in their last series. But, just as they did in that game, they have continued to drop strong positions.
"It does not feel right to lose a game or lose a series," Williams said. "Losing the series hurts more than losing this game, but losing this match today takes away a lot of pride, and I feel there was a lot of pride in playing in this match [even] after losing the series. to win the previous two games, we let it slip away.Today, in a better field to hit, the first six did not take advantage.Much to learn.A difficult and painful series for us. "
After the scores 4 and 9 in the first two ODIs against South Africa, Williams finally returned to the races when he scored 10 fours at maximum score with 69 in the third game. "[This innings] was extremely important to me," he said. "The last time I scored runs was against the UAE, it was 80. I did not make it to 100 and I did not cross the line for the team, it hurt, it really hurt me, hitting these next two windows [in the first two South Africa ODIs] was extremely difficult. , but I knew I was a blow away from finding my shape again. "
Williams added 73 for the fourth wicket with Brendan Taylor, who also showed flashes of his best moment before being fired. "Before it came out, we had just talked and said," Well, we're one step closer to a goal. "And it was not three balls later that happened … Cricket is a fun game. The two of us, it seems we always hit well together, when we give ourselves a chance. "
With the series now changing to the T20 format, Williams and Taylor will continue to play a vital role in the medium order. The first T20I will be played in East London on Tuesday night, and Williams believes that Zimbabwe has nothing to lose.
"We have nothing to lose and much to gain," he said. "From what I see, [in the T20s] as a boxer, if they hit you first, you will lose the game, it will be up to us to take the first shot on the T20 and give it our all."