Taylor back for second Test
Brendan Taylor will return to captain Zimbabwe in the second Test against Pakistan in Harare having missed his side's defeat in the opening match of the series due to the birth of his son.
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Zimbabwe will be hoping to build on a largely positive showing in the first encounter at the same venue, where they had a 78-run first-innings lead before Pakistan's class told in a 221-run victory.
Taylor's return as captain, batsman and wicketkeeper is likely to boost the hosts although there is a suspicion the triple role is lying heavy on the 27-year-old's shoulders.
While he has shown that he can lead by example with the bat, when the extra burden of wicketkeeping has been added to his workload, Taylor has struggled.
Nevertheless, despite Hamilton Masakadza's skippering the side well in Taylor's absence, Zimbabwe have no plans to ease the latter's workload by splitting the captaincy.
Zimbabwe's batting consultant Grant Flower said to ESPNcricinfo.com: "I can't see us doing it in the near future, especially because Brendan has done a good job as captain.
"But we saw in (the last) Test (that) Hamilton is a more than able deputy.
"He was pretty good, especially considering when he arrived at the ground on the first morning he thought he would only bat and bowl. But then he dealt with it very well and had some bright ideas."
The second and final match of the series, which gets under way on Tuesday, will also be played in Harare, with reports suggesting Zimbabwe Cricket cancelled Bulawayo as a venue due to cost-cutting measures.
That has given both sides a headache over the quality of the pitch.
Masakadza said: It's going to get a lot worse, a lot quicker. It's going to be tough for the groundsman with such a short turnaround and the spinners will definitely come into play much more in the second innings."
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, meanwhile, has urged his side to overcome the problem.
"The pitch (is a) really big concern for us," he said. "It's going to be tricky but we need to be prepared - especially mentally prepared - and we need to be professional."