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Last Updated: Monday, 17 May, 2004, 16:30 GMT 17:30 UK
Taibu looks on bright side
Brendon Taylor
Taylor's half-century delayed the inevitable for Zimbabwe
Young captain Tatenda Taibu found positives in Zimbabwe's improved batting after they crashed to a second Test defeat to Sri Lanka.

Opener Brendan Taylor hit a maiden Test half-century on the fourth morning, dalaying another innings victory.

"It has been hard work, and being in the field for two days was no fun," wicket-keeper Taibu said.

"Brendan Taylor is looking good and Stuart Matsikenyeri is improving but we need to improve in the middle order."

He explained: "The guys are getting starts and not following through."

Without 15 leading players, who were sacked last week in a selection row, Zimbabwe are scheduled to start a two-Test home series against world champions Australia on Saturday.

"It's going to be tough, but I expect the guys to keep improving, to play hard and work hard," Taibu, 21, added.

Sri Lanka skipper Marvan Atapattu hit 249 in a second-wicket stand of 438 with Kumar Sangakkara as the tourists became the 12th team to pass 700 in a Test innings.

Despite the strength of the opponent, Atapattu was pleased by his side's bowling.

"We did especially well to bowl Zimbabwe out twice on a wicket as good as this one was. That was a good effort," he said.

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