After the exhiliration of Edgbaston, Test cricket came crashing back to earth with a thud at the Harare Sports Club yesterday. What can you say about a team that allows Daniel Vettori to score a Test match hundred in 82 balls?

Monday – Day Two of the First Test – began with Zimbabwe about to commence their first innings. Eighty overs later, they had lost by an innings and 294 runs. And this after New Zealand scored 452 for 9 on Sunday, including said Vettori’s 127 from 98 deliveries.

Garcon Danny then took 2/1 and 4/28 – including his 200th Test wicket – to complete a truly Flintoffesque performance against a team that was more Flintstone than Flintoff. Even with Streak, Wishart and Carlisle in the eleven.

More on the Harare horror with Mike on Cricket.

Audio from Newstalk ZB about the First Test (all in Windows Media format):

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