Taylor pleased with effort despite defeat

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Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor was disappointed not to take the one-off Test against South Africa to the full five days, but was still pleased with the way his players performed in Harare.

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor was disappointed not to take the one-off Test against South Africa to the full five days, but was still pleased with the way his players performed in Harare.

The Proteas won by nine wickets late on day four, but the hosts did well with the bat in their first innings, with Taylor making 93, and the home fast bowlers also did better than expected against the formidable number one Test side.

Taylor said after the game: "For guys that haven't played a lot of cricket, we can be very proud of 80 percent of the cricket we played.

"I wanted to go five days. I felt we were good enough to do that and if we had a better session after lunch (on day four) we might have done that.

"We were quite nervous in the beginning, to be honest with you, knowing that they were bringing their three-pronged pace attack.
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"But I'm happy with the guys. They held their own. For three days we were competitive and we fought hard. It was never easy but it was manageable."

Taylor was particularly pleased with his pacemen, with John Nyumbu taking a five-fer on debut, including AB de Villiers, while Hashim Amla was also kept quiet and removed by Tendai Chatara.

He continued: "Our seamers were exceptional. Tinashe (Panyangara) didn't get hit for a boundary in 30 overs in the first innings – that's a huge plus. Tendai Chatara backed him up well and even Donald (Tiripano) bowled some really good deliveries.

"This will give them a lot of belief that they restricted two of the best batsmen in the world in AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla."

Their next challenge is a Test series in Bangladesh in late October, and Taylor feels this Test has prepared them rather well for the conditions, given how much the Harare deck spun.

He added: "Bangladesh will be slow and flat with turning wickets, so it won't be too much different to what he had here. We know what to expect, if we get two good spinning options together, we can do well."

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