Taylor brands Zimbabwe ‘sloppy


Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor has described his team as “sloppy” and “below par” after they crashed out of the World Twenty20 with a ten-wicket thumping by South Africa on Thursday. Zimbabwe were no match for the formidable South Africans as they were reduced to a paltry 93-8 in their 20 overs before seeing their opponents overhaul the low target without losing any wicket with 7.2 overs to spare. Zimbabwe lost the first group C game against Sri Lanka by a big 82-run margin. “We came here to win games, and to end on the note we have is very disappointing,” said Taylor after the match. “The sun comes up tomorrow, and unfortunately we head home. There’s a long way to go for us and there’s a lot of cricket to be played next year. We just want to keep trying to improve and improve in different conditions.” Taylor regretted his team was below par in a major event. “We went wrong in all three departments. We dropped chances and were sloppy in the field, leaked runs with the ball and didn’t score many runs with the bat,” said Taylor whose batting was rocked by Jacques Kallis’s 4-15. “You’re not going to win games than that. All in all our cricket was way below par, and against quality opposition you’re not going to stand a chance,” said Taylor, who promised a swift comeback. “We’d love a couple more games just to prove that we are a far better side. But that’s not to be. World Cups are tough cricket, but we’ll go home with our heads held high and bounce back strongly next time the World Cup comes around.”