Heath Streak

Country: Zimbabwe
Born: March 16, 1974, Bulawayo
Height: 6ft 1in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Playing role: Allrounder
Died: September 03, 2023, Bulawayo, (aged 49y 171d)

Heath Streak Bio

Heath Hilton Streak, born on March 16, 1974, was a lion-hearted fast bowler from Zimbabwe who made a significant impact on the cricket world with his immense stamina, strength, and fiery bowling skills. With the ability to generate good pace and control, Streak was known for his lethal outswing, which he showcased during his memorable performance at Lord’s in 2000, where he single-handedly led the Zimbabwean bowling attack.

Streak’s exceptional skills and dedication on the field made him the first Zimbabwean cricketer to reach the milestone of 100 Test wickets. However, his contributions were not limited to just his bowling prowess. He was also an accomplished batsman who loved to dispatch the ball over the infield, and a magnificent outfielder with a cannon-like throwing arm.

In the year 2000, Streak was appointed as the captain of the Zimbabwean cricket team. However, the responsibilities associated with the role, coupled with tensions regarding pay and quotas, posed challenges that affected his form on the field. Consequently, he resigned from the captaincy. He was later reappointed in 2002 but faced increasing difficulties as the Zimbabwean cricket team deteriorated amid internal turmoil within the country.

Streak faced criticism for not taking a firmer political stand, especially after the protest by Henry Olonga and Andy Flower, which further weakened his position. The turmoil within the team and the political unrest in Zimbabwe took a toll on Streak’s performance during the disappointing tour of England in 2003.

Despite the challenges faced as captain, Streak’s commitment to the game remained unmatched. However, as the disintegration of the Zimbabwean cricket side continued and the country’s political situation worsened, the captaincy became increasingly burdensome for him. In April 2004, he ultimately decided to resign after the Zimbabwe Cricket Board denied him guarantees over selection.

Following a bitter standoff with the board, Streak made a comeback in March 2005, and he was immediately reinstated to a struggling Zimbabwean team. Additionally, he took on the role of Warwickshire’s captain for the 2006 season, signing a two-year contract. However, he relinquished the captaincy after just one match into the 2007 season.

Although Streak did not rule out a return to Zimbabwean cricket, his signing of a contract with the Indian Cricket League in early 2008 marked the end of his international career. In 2009, he transitioned into coaching and was named as Zimbabwe’s bowling coach.

Beyond his cricketing abilities, Streak was known for his calm and easygoing character. He was highly regarded by his teammates and was fluent in Ndebele, highlighting his connection to his Zimbabwean roots. Coming from a ranching family near Bulawayo, Streak undoubtedly embraced his heritage and represented his country with pride.

Sadly, Streak’s cricketing journey was cut short when he was diagnosed with advanced liver and colon cancer. Despite receiving specialist care, he tragically passed away in September 2023 at the age of 49. His legacy as one of Zimbabwe’s greatest cricketing talents will forever be remembered, and his contributions to the sport will continue to inspire future generations of cricketers.

Heath Streak Career Stats

Heath Streak Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 65 107 18 1990 127* 22.35 5369 37.06 1 11 212 12 17 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 189 159 55 2943 79* 28.29 4008 73.42 0 13 203 48 46 0
FC 175 264 48 5684 131 26.31 - - 6 27 - - 58 0
List A 309 245 86 4089 90* 25.71 - - 0 14 - - 75 0
T20s 23 19 7 333 59 27.75 196 169.89 0 1 26 14 7 0

Heath Streak Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 65 102 13559 6079 216 6/73 9/72 28.14 2.69 62.7 16 7 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 189 185 9468 7129 239 5/32 5/32 29.82 4.51 39.6 7 1 0
FC 175 - 31117 14352 499 7/55 - 28.76 2.76 62.3 - 17 2
List A 309 - 14741 10994 385 5/32 5/32 28.55 4.47 38.2 12 1 0
T20s 23 20 420 537 24 3/18 3/18 22.37 7.67 17.5 0 0 0

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