A lion-hearted fast bowler with immense stamina and strength, Heath Streak had the ability to bowl outswing at good pace and with excellent control. These qualities made him the first Zimbabwean to reach 100 Test wickets.
Streak is also an extremely capable batsman who loves to give the ball a whack over the infield, and a magnificent outfielder with a howitzer-like throw. He made his Test debut in Zimbabwe’s tour of Pakistan 1993/1994 making his mark by taking 8 wickets in the 2nd Test at Rawalpindi (December 9–14, 1993). He won the Man of the series award in that series taking 22 wickets at an average of 13.54. He bettered his best bowling figures in 1995 when Pakistan toured Zimbabwe taking 6/90 in the first Test at Harare.
In 2000/2001, he won 2 man of the series awards, first in Zimbabwe’s tour of England and then in Bangladesh’s tour of Zimbabwe. He is the only Zimbabwean bowler to have taken over 100 Test wickets and one of only a few Zimbabwean bowlers to have taken over 100 ODI wickets, and the only one to take over 200 wickets. There is little doubt that he is the best bowler to have played for Zimbabwe, with the ability to extract seam movement at a lively pace on even the deadest of wickets.
In his retirement, Heath Streak is now working with the Zimbabwean team as a bowling coach.