Zimbabwe hope to rely on spin to restrict Australia

Ahmedabad: Zimbabwe consider spin department as one of their strengths and they hope to rely on it to restrict defending champions Australia to a low score in their opening World Cup match here on Monday.

"Spin is one of our strengths with which we could take on the Australians, which is a tough team. We ought to restrict them to a low score," off-spinner Prosper Utseya told reporters today.

"If we are playing on merits, it does not matter who is behind the ball. Play it as you see it and play as positive as you can," he said.

Asked about bowling on spinning tracks in sub-continent, leg-spinner Graeme Cremer said his side have watched a lot of Indian and Bangladeshi spinners.

"We have watched Harbhajan (Singh) bowl. At what speed and what length he bowls. It is good for us. And on the last tour to Bangladesh (in December 2010) we saw how our spinners bowled and their spinners, and the tracks there are pretty similar to here," said the 24-year-old with 47 one-day wickets in his kitty.

"It is going to be tough to play the first match of the World Cup against defending champions Australia. But I think the guys are prepared," Cremer said.

One of the most prolific players of Zimbabwe cricket, Grant Flower, who is presently the batting coach of the team, said that his side have learnt a lot from their Bangladesh tour in December last year though they lost the ODI series 1-3.


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