Streak steps up to captain Zimbabwe

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Heath Streak has taken over from Andy Flower as the Zimbabwe captain for the two-Test home series against New Zealand in September and October.

Heath Streak has taken over from Andy Flower as the Zimbabwe captain for the two-Test home series against New Zealand in September and October.

The announcement was posted on the Zimbabwe Cricket Union's official website yesterday.

Streak, the most successful bowler in Zimabwe's short Test history, has taken 129 wickets in 31 matches.

Flower, an outstanding wicketkeeper-batsman, captained Zimbabwe on their first tour of England this year when they lost the two-Test series 1-0.

Streak was his vice-captain on a tour which was adversely affected by the troubled political situation at home and a players' revolt over pay.

In the County Championship yesterday, having lost an entire day to rain on Thursday, Gloucestershire started on 99 for 4 and quickly began to build a lead over Glamorgan at Bristol.

Matthew Windows continued to plug away and took his score to 40 while the dismissal of James Averis left the home side on 150 for 5 in response to Glamorgan's 122.

Entering their third day at the crease on 324 for 8 at Canterbury, Leicestershire began to falter, losing the wicket of Crowe for 12, but Anil Kumble guided them through to 364 for 9 as he chalked up his half century.

Essex had made a steady start to their first innings at Lord's as they posted 64 for 1 in response to Middlesex's first innings total of 287, but they quickly found themselves in trouble going into the third day.

The wickets of Adrian Grayson and Danny Law tumbled early on thanks to spin bowler Phil Tufnell as the visitors crawled towards 97 for 3, with Ian Flanagan scoring 21 in 127 balls.

Nottinghamshire continued to rack up the runs in the Second Division match at Trent Bridge, having resumed on 149 for 3 against Warwickshire.

Paul Johnson went for 22 but Usman Afzaal performed well as he took his total to 80 as the hosts put on 216 for 4 from 76 overs.

Northamptonshire made a good start to the first day of their Second Division clash with Worcestershire at the County Ground, Matthew Hayden taking 53 off just 74 balls while opening partner Adrian Rollins hit 22 as the hosts raced to 89 from 25 overs.

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