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Heath Streak, legendary Zimbabwe cricketer, dies at 49

The former Zimbabwe captain represented the country in 65 Tests and 189 ODIs

Heath Streak, legendary Zimbabwe cricketer, dies at 49
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Henry Olonga, former Zimbabwe fast bowler and Streak's long-time teammate and current Zimbabwe captain, Sean Williams took to social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter) to express their grief and pass on condolences.

There, however, has been no official statement from Streak's family yet.

The former Zimbabwe captain represented the country in 65 Tests and 189 ODIs.

He still continues to be Zimbabwe's all-time highest wicket-taker in both Tests and ODIs.

The former right-arm pacer has 216 wickets in Tests and 239 in ODIs.

He created history by registering Zimbabwe's first-ever overseas Test series win by leading the side to a 2-1 victory against New Zealand in 2001.

His road as captain, however, was never smooth.

Tension between senior players and the board regarding player quotas prompted him to resign from captaincy only to be reinstated in 2002.

He was faced with a new challenge as senior players, including Olonga, went on a protest against the Zimbabwe government.

Streak again quit captaincy in 2004 after a fallout with the board.

Streak came back in 2005 and played his last Test against India in September of that year before signing for English county side Warwickshire.

He was named the bowling coach of the Zimbabwe side in 2009. He held the position till 2013.

His second stint as part of the Zimbabwe side's support staff was between 2016 and 2018. He also served as the bowling coach of IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders in 2018.

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