ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

Brendan Taylor

Zimbabwe will be hopeful of upsetting the natural order and can point to one-day wins over West Indies, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the past year as proof of their credentials. They will be heavily reliant on Brendan Taylor to get them off to a good start, whilst Tatenda Taibu will be expected to chip in with runs in the middle overs, although he could be called upon to open with Taylor. Sean Ervine’s withdrawal is a blow to their middle order but captain Elton Chigumbura and Greg Lamb provide decent all-round options. Taibu cites Zimbabwe’s spinners as their biggest asset and believes Ray Price and Prosper Utseya are "world class".

Squad: Elton Chigumbura, Regis Chakabva, Charles Coventry, Graeme Cremer, Terry Duffin, Craig Ervine, Gregory Lamb, Shingirai Masakadza, Christopher Mpofu, Tinashe Panyangara, Ray Price, Visu Sibanda, Tatenda Taibu (wicketkeeper), Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya.

Captain: Elton Chigumbura
Coach: Alan Butcher

Key Man: Brendan Taylor
Taylor will enter this tournament in the form of his life after reaching three figures against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and South Africa in the last 18 months. His 118 not out against the Tigers in Chittagong proved he has the capability to bat on the sub-continent, whilst his recent strike-rate has caught the eye. Capable of hitting over the top and placing the ball between the fielders, the opener could have a big part to play for Zimbabwe.

1975: Did not participate
1979: Did not participate
1983: 1st round
1987: 1st round
1992: 1st round
1996: 1st round
1999: Super Sixes
2003: Super Sixes
2007: 1st round

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