|Full name||Heath Hilton Streak|
16 March 1974 |
|Batting style||Right-handed batsman|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Relations||Denis Streak (father)|
|Test debut (cap 20)||1 December 1993 v Pakistan|
|Last Test||20 September 2005 v India|
|ODI debut (cap 34)||10 November 1993 v South Africa|
|Last ODI||31 August 2005 v New Zealand|
|ODI shirt no.||9|
|Domestic team information|
Heath Hilton Streak (born 16 March 1974, in Bulawayo) is a former Zimbabwean cricketer and currently the head coach of Zimbabwe national cricket team. He made his Test debut in Zimbabwe's tour of Pakistan 1993/1994 making his mark by taking 8 wickets in the 2nd Test at Rawalpindi ( 9–14 December 1993). In the match, Streak won the Player of the series award, took 22 wickets at an average of 13.54.
In 1995/96, Streak played in the same Matabeleland team as his 46-year-old father Denis in the final of the Lonrho Logan Cup against Mashonaland Country Districts; this was the first instance of a father and son playing in the same first-class match for more than thirty years.
Rising through ranks
He bettered his best bowling figures in 1995 when Pakistan toured Zimbabwe taking 6/90 in the first Test at Harare.
He is the only Zimbabwean bowler to have taken over 100 Test wickets and one of only 4 Zimbabwean bowlers to have taken over 100 ODI wickets (the others being Grant Flower, Prosper Utseya & Ray Price). By his statistical record, he is the best bowler to have played for Zimbabwe,
He retired from international cricket in October 2005 to become captain of Warwickshire County Cricket Club having previously played county cricket for Hampshire. He also captains his fellow exiled players from Zimbabwe in the Red Lions team, which plays charity games in England.
On 25 April 2007, Streak resigned as Warwickshire captain, saying captaining the side was affecting his on field abilities. He was replaced as captain by Darren Maddy. At the end of the 2007 season he left Warwickshire citing family reasons.
In 2009, he cut his ties with ICL, and in that August was appointed as the bowling coach of Zimbabwean national team. He was also given the responsibility of working with the young Zimbabwean fast bowlers and for franchise cricket.
Heath Streak claimed in an interview in The Observer that he was faced with moral challenges in captaining Zimbabwe. He said that he was asked to falsely tell white players that they were not talented enough and were to be replaced by black players.
In August 2009, was appointed as the bowling coach of Zimbabwean cricket national team. He was also given the responsibility of working with the young Zimbabwean fast bowlers and for franchise cricket.
Later it also appeared that Heath Streak is the most possible candidate for the head coach job of Zimbabwean national team when the contract of Walter Chwaguta ends. It is believed that Walter Chwaguta will be Streak's assistant coach.
In 2010 along with his former team-mate Grant Flower, he joint as supporting coach of Zimbabwe under former English cricketer Alan Butcher. Flower became batting coach and Streak was named as bowling coach.
In 2013, Streak contract was not renewed for financial reasons. Zimbabwe Cricket had offered Streak a consultancy role but they cannot guarantee him a set number of working days or specific pay which has forced him to stay out of the preparations for Bangladesh series. Finances permitting at his franchise in Bulawayo, the Matabeleland Tuskers, he remained coach there. He was appointed Bangladesh's bowling coach in May 2014 until 2016.
In October 2016, he was appointed Head Coach of the Zimbabwe Cricket team. Streak has been tasked with ensuring Zimbabwe qualify for the 2019 World Cup, and will be allowed to continue in his role as bowling coach for the Gujarat Lions in the IPL.
Test 5 Wicket hauls
|1||5/56||2||Pakistan||Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium||Rawalpindi||Pakistan||1993|
|2||6/90||7||Pakistan||Harare Sports Club||Harare||Zimbabwe||1995|
|3||6/90||8||Pakistan||Queens Sports Club||Bulawayo||Zimbabwe||1995|
|4||5/93||27||Australia||Harare Sports Club||Harare||Zimbabwe||1999|
|5||5/27||28||West Indies||Queen's Park Oval||Port of Spain||Trinidad & Tobago||2000|
|7||6/73||65||India||Harare Sports Club||Harare||Zimbabwe||2005|
- Heath Streak at ESPNcricinfo
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