Mangongo's 'absolute nightmare'

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Head coach Stephen Mangongo lamented substantial lack of support staff, as Zimbabwe slumped to a resounding 198-run defeat at the hands of Australia in Monday's tri-series ODI at the Harare Sports Club.

Head coach Stephen Mangongo lamented substantial lack of support staff, as Zimbabwe slumped to a resounding 198-run defeat at the hands of Australia in Monday's tri-series ODI at the Harare Sports Club.

Brisk half-centuries from Aaron Finch and all-rounders Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell powered the tourists to a formidable total of 350 for six, after which the hosts slipped to a very inadequate 152 all out.

Zimbabwe, meanwhile, remain without dedicated batting and bowling coaches. The veteran Heath Streak and Grant Flower held the positions earlier this year, but have since been hired by Bangladesh and Pakistan respectively.

"It's extremely difficult, an absolute nightmare. I know for a fact that Zimbabwe Cricket administrators are working on that, so hopefully we will have the right set-up as we go along," said Mangongo.

"But, yes, you cannot have a head coach trying to coach batting one-on-one, bowling, spin, fast bowlers, team strategy, gameplan, you name it. Pressure is always there."

Former captain Brendan Taylor, who was dropped for the third and final ODI against South Africa earlier this month, was recalled for Monday's fixture. He promised plenty en route to a brisk 10, but ultimately holed out to slip fielder Finch off the bowling of left-arm seamer Mitchell Johnson.

"Whether you're playing game one, game 20, game 200, pressure is always there. And if you don't perform, I don't see any science in you playing. Yes, there will always be people given a run," added Mangongo. "But there are also certain people who have been given enough of a run that, yes, they will be dropped. Simple and straightforward.

"But there is no guy who has played one game and then gets dropped the next game. But if you have played more than 50 games and you don't perform and you don't execute your role, you have got no justification whatsoever to be in the team."

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