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27 September 201022:17

Butcher searches for the right combination

I am not satisfied with the team's performance admits Zimbabwe coach Alan butcher

Butcher searches for the right combination - Cricket News

Zimbabwe cricket coach Alan Butcher (L) during a training session.

With less than 150 days to go for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Zimbabwe launched their campaign for the mega event. Zimbabwe managed a tense last ball victory over Ireland in the first One-Day International at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

But Zimbabwe coach Alan Butcher is still not satisfied with the team's performance.

"There is a lot to improve but it's always good to win. I was hoping for a controlled batting performance and a more comfortable win," said the Englishman after the match reflecting on the first game of the new season.

Butcher is looking to use the current series, the tour to South Africa next month and later the Bangladesh tour to look for the right personnel for ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

"I need to sort out the right personnel for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. There are still one or two positions still up for grabs and you would appreciate that I am still reasonably new to the job and the winter break meant I couldn't watch all the players on the franchise scene.

"I am looking for that type of player that will adapt to the sub-continent conditions and I will be using this series, the tour to South Africa next month and later Bangladesh," Butcher told The Herald.

Butcher certainly would have liked the effort of Ed Rainsford, who claimed 4 for 23 and hit a last ball six to clinch the tense win, as he builds for the showpiece event.

"I wasn't feeling under any pressure coming into this game because I have been practising hard and doing the right things and playing franchise cricket prepares you to play for your country. I have never been in that situation before," said Rainsford on his match-winning performance.