Whatmore: We will need a bit more time

Zimbabwe coach Dav Whatmore says it will take time for his team to improve but significantly they now have more international cricket than in the past to help with their development.

The African team have just been whitewashed three-nil in an ODI series at home to a second-string India side that was closer than the scoreline of the series result suggests.

In the first match Zimbabwe should really have won when they needed six runs from the three balls but somehow managed to lose by four runs while in the second game they were on course to chase 272 getting to 130 for four before suffering a collapse.

Whatmore, who put Sri Lanka cricket on the map by helping them win the 1996 World Cup, says going through those situations is part of the learning experience.

Also a former Bangladesh coach, Whatmore said: "It takes a bit of time. If you look at the history of Zimbabwe cricket over the last four years, if you've done your research you'll know that we've only played a handful of games.

"And to improve you need to go through certain situations more often. So hopefully boys will learn as quickly as possible, because we are now playing competition which we haven't had in the past.

"It's okay to say 'be patient with us', it's a cliche but I'm very pleased to have played these three games and we look forward very much to the future matches coming in this calendar year.

"And we look to improve. So please bear with us, we are trying really hard to get it right and we will need a bit more time. As other sides do."

Zimbabwe now play two T20 matches against India while they can also look forward to a limited-overs series against New Zealand and a triangular series involving Pakistan and the West Indies.