I Want To Win: Williams

Sport Zimbabwe

Brighton Zhawi

Sean Williams’ target is simple for the two-match Test series against Afghanistan. He wants to win.

“I just want to win, simple,” Williams said in a Zoom press conference on the eve of Zimbabwe’s first ever Test against Afghanistan to be played in Abu Dhabi.

Since being appointed Test skipper, Williams has been in charge of two matches- a home series against Sri Lanka in 2020.

Sri Lanka won the series 1-0 with the other Test drawn.

Afghanistan have enjoyed white-ball meetings between the two nations, but this is the first Test ever between them.

“(The plan is) Obviously having team goals, hour by hour like we had in the Sri Lanka Test match and face each challenge as it comes along head on.

“Making decisions collectively as a group and going forward as a group there is going to be a guy that struggles and someone else has to step up and carry him along.

“Like is I said, collectively decisions will be made and we move forward like that.”

Zimbabwe is missing Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine and Kyle Jarvis due to illness. Williams admits the seniors will be ‘missed’, but has faith in the side he is leading.

“Missing them is huge not only for the juniors but for guys like myself and Raza as well, they are a highly experienced support system for us as a senior group, they will be missed.

“The challenges are there and we are going to have to take them head on.”
Asked how his team line up will be, the 33-year-old left handed batsman said the final decision will be made after seeing the wicket.

“I still haven’t had a chance to see the wicket yet having been prepared yesterday or the day before.

“We kind of have a rough idea of what the wicket will be like and obviously that will play a big role in that selection, an extra seamer or you go with a specialist spinner.

“Having Raza, Burl, myself, Wesley and then you still got the likes of Wellington and Rango, Brandon Mavhuta sitting on the side-lines waiting for a game so we have got a lot of options.”

“It doesn’t make it only tricky to the team, but also the batting line up so the options are there which is good and it’s always nice to have those challenges.”

Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan is doubtful for the first Test after injuring his bowling arm during the Pakistan Super League.

“I haven’t heard if Rashid(Khan) will play, no, but yes I have seen their side there is a lot of new players in their side, just looking at the way they play and we obviously going to play against that,” said Williams.

“We have our tactics, our game plans.

“Obviously pace against them is a big thing hoping that our bowlers will get that opportunity to have a crack at them.”