Taylor, Jarvis to resume Test careers for Zimbabwe v WI
Harare: Zimbabwe coach Heath Streak said returning players Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis have already made a positive impact on the team even before the first Test against West Indies on Saturday.
Batsman and former captain Taylor and fast bowler Jarvis have made themselves available again for Zimbabwe after giving up internationals to pursue careers in English county cricket.
Taylor last played a test in 2014 and Jarvis in 2013, but the two are certain to feature again in the two-match series against the West Indians in Bulawayo after returning home to resume their Zimbabwe careers.
"They bring a lot to the team, the value and intensity they are going to add is massive," Streak said on Thursday. "We are going to try tap into their experience of playing in those professional setups in England. Hopefully they are going to share that experience with the current players. They bring a lot to the side. You can already see that. With them around, the atmosphere in the squad is magnificent and everyone is looking forward to playing around them and learning from them. It will rub off on the rest of the squad.These are top-class players, and we shouldn't have lost them in the first place."
Taylor and Jarvis both said that guarantees of financial security and the involvement of respected figures in the administration and coaching structures were behind their decisions to return home. It wasn't always that way for Zimbabwe, with player strikes and payment issues common at one time.
Another enticement was recent results, which suggest Zimbabwe is on the up after years of underperforming. Zimbabwe won a one-day series 3-2 in Sri Lanka in July and nearly upset the hosts in the one-off Test.