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Cricket: Streak: Players will put cricket first.



Byline: ALAN EASEL

HEATH STREAK claims his Zimbabwean team-mates will not let the increased unrest in their homeland distract their efforts in the second npower Test at the Riverside today.

Anti-government protesters in Zimbabwe were subdued with tear gas tear gas, gas that causes temporary blindness through the excessive flow of tears resulting from irritation of the eyes. The gas is used in chemical warfare and as a means for dispersing mobs.  earlier this week in the latest escalation of ill feeling towards Robert Mugabe's regime.

Streak and coach Geoff Marsh Geoffrey Robert Marsh (born 31 December 1958 in Northam, Western Australia) was an Australian cricketer, coach and selector.

He was a steady, determined right-handed opening batsman and capable fielder, making his first-class debut for Western Australia as a nineteen year
 have urged the players to focus instead on improving the performance they gave at Lord's a fortnight ago.

``We have had a trickling of information on what is happening but the guys have been busy with the travelling and the playing and trying to prepare for this Test match,'' saidStreak.

``Obviously there are concerns about what is going on but we are trying to focus and get things right.

``There has been a lot going on in Zimbabwe over the last three years.

``The guys have been pretty good in coping with external issues outside cricket.''

Zimbabwe have named the same XI that played in the drubbing at Lord's,giving the players the chance to redeem themselves.

Two summers ago, the Zimbabweans suffered a similar result in NW8 but fought back strongly at Trent Bridge Trent Bridge is a Test, One-day international and County cricket ground located in West Bridgford, Nottingham, England and is also the headquarters of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.  where they had the better of a rain-interrupted contest, bowling England out for 147 in the second innings.

``We are confident of the side we used in the first Test and I feel that is our best XI,'' Streak added.

``We have made our mistakes and we have to put them right.

``We have to show confidence in those guys to do the job for us. We can't be chopping and changing every time we lose a game.''

This inexperienced side have lost their last eight Test matches and Streak insists they will have to dig deep to be competitive.

``I always try to look at the positives because life is like that,''he added.

``If you dwell too much on the negatives you end up thinking everything is doom and gloom doom and gloom
n.
Gloom and doom.



doom-and-gloom adj.
.

``You have to try and lift other people around you. You cannot neglect things when they are bad but you must try and learn from the experiences and highlight the positives.

``If you keep dwelling on the negative aspects of the game this team will go to pot Verb 1. go to pot - become ruined; "His business went to pot when economy soured"
go to the dogs

deteriorate - become worse or disintegrate; "His mind deteriorated"
.''
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 5, 2003
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