Disappointing to lose two series in a row, says crestfallen Sean Williams
Sean Williams after his century (AFP Image)

After they lost the third ODI to Bangladesh by seven wickets, Zimbabwe‘s winless streak in ODI cricket stretched to 13 matches and it’s a streak that has left batsman Sean Williams utterly disappointed. Zimbabwe have not won a single game since March and their last three one-day series have been clean sweeps coming at the hands of Pakistan, South Africa and now Bangladesh. The side performed much better against Bangladesh, but their opponents were better by just that much.

“It is very disappointing losing two series in a row,” Williams said. “We’ve got a lot of young guys on our team, who we need to teach and need to blood. If we don’t follow certain protocols throughout a cricket match and learn during the games we’re playing unfortunately it’s not going to get any better than it is now. It needs to change. There needs to be one common goal, and that one common goal is to start competing and start winning games more often.”

Williams himself has been good with the bat, scoring 50*, 47 and a career-best 129 in the three games in the series with an average of 226. But everytime Zimbabwe were good in one department, the other didn’t back in. In the final match, Williams guided Zimbabwe to 286 for 5, but the ineffectiveness of the bowlers allowed Bangladesh to overhaul the target inside 43 overs with seven wickets remaining. Too much dew has not been in the best of their interest either.

“It’s very different conditions from fielding first to fielding second,” Williams said. “We would have loved to have fielded first. Bowling our spinners with a dry ball would have been very nice, but it is what it is and we can’t control the conditions. We’ve got to get up and move on from that.”

Zimbabwe will now shift focus on the two-Test series against Bangladesh starting November 3, but before that they will play a three-day practice game against. Williams, one of the better performers for Zimbabwe lately, is optimistic of making the most of the promising signs he and the other batsmen have shown.

“With the bat, Brendan Taylor is starting to come into his own, which is a very good sign for us,” he said. “And myself, I seem to have found a little bit of form and I’d like to continue with that form. Form, as we all know, can be taken away from you very quickly so I’d like to take advantage of that for as long as I possibly can. There’s a few guys that are playing well, but just getting out at the wrong times. Hamilton [Masakadza] is one, [Sikandar] Raza, those guys can make big runs. Lots on their shoulders leading up to these Test matches and hopefully they come to the party.”