Although he was mostly known for his bowling, Heath Streak was also an extremely capable batsman who loved to give the ball a whack over the infield. He was also given the responsibilities to captaincy in 2000, but later stepped down due to tension with the board. His role as captain was again renewed in 2002, only to face rough times in the wake of the country’s internal turmoil.
Although not an opening batsman, he often batted on the upper order to come in and stir some trouble to the oppositions. An aggressive player of the ball, he would often rescue the team with some quick runs.
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. 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 2 to have taken over 100 ODI wickets (the other being Grant Flower). There’s little doubt that he’s 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.
He retired from international cricket in 2005 to captain Warwickshire County Cricket Club. In 2009, after cutting all ties with club cricket clubs, he was assigned as the bowling coach for Zimbabwe.