Heath Streak

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Heath Streak
Personal information
Full name Heath Hilton Streak
Born (1974-03-16) 16 March 1974 (age 43)
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role All-rounder, Coach
Relations Denis Streak (father)
International information
National side
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
Years Team
1994-2004 Matabeleland
1995 Hampshire
2004-2007 Warwickshire
2007-2008 Ahmedabad Rockets
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 65 189 175 309
Runs scored 1990 2942 5684 4088
Batting average 22.35 28.28 26.31 25.71
100s/50s 1/11 0/13 6/27 0/14
Top score 127* 79* 131 90*
Balls bowled 13559 9468 31117 14741
Wickets 216 239 499 385
Bowling average 28.14 29.82 28.76 28.55
5 wickets in innings 7 1 17 1
10 wickets in match 0 - 2 -
Best bowling 6-73 5-32 7-55 5-32
Catches/stumpings 17/- 46/- 58/- 75/-
Source: CricketArchive

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.[citation needed]

Early career[edit]

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[edit]

He bettered his best bowling figures in 1995 when Pakistan toured Zimbabwe taking 6/90 in the first Test at Harare.

In 2000/2001, he won 2-man of the series awards, first in Zimbabwe's tour of England and then in Bangladesh's tour of Zimbabwe.

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.[1]

At the end of the year of 2007, he joined the Ahmedabad Rockets in the Indian Cricket League. He played two seasons in the ICL along with appearing in the Hong Kong sixes.

In 2009, he cut his ties with ICL, and in that August was appointed as the bowling coach of Zimbabwean national team.[citation needed] 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.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

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.[3]

International record[edit]

Test 5 Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
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
6 6/87 30  England Lord's London England 2000
7 6/73 65  India Harare Sports Club Harare Zimbabwe 2005


  1. ^ Streak ends Warwickshire stint
  2. ^ Triumph and despair
  3. ^ "Streak appointed Zimbabwe head coach". ESPNcricinfo. 11 October 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 

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Preceded by
Andy Flower
Zimbabwean national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Brian Murphy
Preceded by
Alistair Campbell
Zimbabwean national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Tatenda Taibu