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Zimbabwe's cause not aided by discord in camp

By AFP | 2014-08-29 07:09:37.0

HARARE - Zimbabwe must overcome the discord in their camp as well as a skills handicap when they take on South Africa in a one-day international triangular series match in Harare today.

While Zimbabwe have traditionally struggled against world cricket's heavyweights, their challenge appears to have become even greater as the players have taken issue with new coach Stephen Mangongo's methods.

Zimbabwe have not come close to winning a match since Mangongo took over last month, losing a test and three ODIs to South Africa, and then sinking to a record 198-run defeat to Australia in Monday's tri-series opener.

While South Africa were busy beating Australia by seven wickets on Wednesday, Zimbabwe were reeling from the news that Tinashe Panyangara, one of their senior seamers, had been expelled from the squad for sharing a video of an opposition bowler on the team's WhatsApp group. Ahead of Monday's game, Panyangara sent a video of Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson tearing through the English batting lineup during the recent Ashes series, which the team management deemed to be "disruptive".

South Africa captain AB de Villiers is confident that he will be fit for the encounter, despite suffering from severe cramp in his left leg during his innings on Wednesday. "I've got a history of cramping a lot, especially in the high-adrenaline games," he said. "For some reason I start seeing it a bit better when I start cramping."

The Proteas will consider a recall for fast bowler Kyle Abbott after Wayne Parnell conceded 66 runs in just seven overs against Australia.