Chris Mpofu      

Full name Christopher Bobby Mpofu

Born November 27, 1985, Plumtree, Matabeleland

Current age 31 years 85 days

Major teams Zimbabwe, Mashonaland, Matabeleland, Matabeleland Tuskers, Westerns, Zimbabwe XI

Playing role Bowler

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Christopher Bobby Mpofu
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 11 21 7 49 20 3.50 171 28.65 0 0 2 3 2 0
ODIs 73 37 19 42 6 2.33 188 22.34 0 0 1 0 11 0
T20Is 20 5 3 13 6* 6.50 12 108.33 0 0 0 1 3 0
First-class 85 134 40 914 57 9.72 2776 32.92 0 1 20 0
List A 149 80 40 274 29* 6.85 571 47.98 0 0 25 0
Twenty20 61 25 13 104 27* 8.66 121 85.95 0 0 5 1 13 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 11 17 1994 1170 25 4/92 5/123 46.80 3.52 79.7 2 0 0
ODIs 73 72 3456 3114 76 6/52 6/52 40.97 5.40 45.4 2 1 0
T20Is 20 20 426 616 16 3/16 3/16 38.50 8.67 26.6 0 0 0
First-class 85 13817 7242 229 7/37 31.62 3.14 60.3 8 6 0
List A 149 7016 5681 185 6/8 6/8 30.70 4.85 37.9 6 3 0
Twenty20 61 61 1306 1659 60 4/17 4/17 27.65 7.62 21.7 1 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Chittagong, Jan 6-10, 2005 scorecard
Last Test Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka at Harare, Nov 6-10, 2016 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Zimbabwe v England at Harare, Nov 28, 2004 scorecard
Last ODI Zimbabwe v Afghanistan at Harare, Feb 19, 2017 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at King City (NW), Oct 10, 2008 scorecard
Last T20I Zimbabwe v Afghanistan at Bulawayo, Oct 28, 2015 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut Matabeleland v Manicaland at Bulawayo, Mar 19-22, 2004 scorecard
Last First-class Matabeleland Tuskers v Mid West Rhinos at Bulawayo, Dec 18-21, 2016 scorecard
List A debut Mashonaland v Matabeleland at Harare, Dec 7, 2003 scorecard
Last List A Zimbabwe v Afghanistan at Harare, Feb 19, 2017 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Easterns (Zimbabwe) v Westerns at Harare, Mar 19, 2008 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Mid West Rhinos v Matabeleland Tuskers at Bulawayo, Feb 13, 2016 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
1/51, 0 Zimbabwe v Afghanistan Harare 19 Feb 2017 ODI # 3837
2/45 Zimbabwe v Afghanistan Harare 16 Feb 2017 ODI # 3835
2/12 Tuskers v Mountaineers Bulawayo 12 Feb 2017 LA
2/34 Tuskers v Rhinos Bulawayo 10 Feb 2017 LA
0/53, 7*, 1/12 Tuskers v Rhinos Bulawayo 18 Dec 2016 FC
0/24 Zimbabwe v West Indies Bulawayo 25 Nov 2016 ODI # 3809
- Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka Bulawayo 21 Nov 2016 ODI # 3807
2, 1/64 Zimbabwe v West Indies Bulawayo 19 Nov 2016 ODI # 3806
1/92, 0*, 1/51, 20 Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka Harare 6 Nov 2016 Test # 2231
2/96, 2, 1/42, 0 Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka Harare 29 Oct 2016 Test # 2228
Profile

Among the clutch of players given their chance at international level because of the exodus of the rebels, Christopher Mpofu looks like he may have the abilities to forge a decent career. A tall seam bowler, he hits the pitch hard and can get good away movement - but as with many young quick bowlers consistency is his major problem. Technically, he has a good action but a better brace of his front leg through his delivery stride would allow him to make the most of his height, rather than collapsing as he tends to do at the moment. He made his ODI debut against England in October 2004 and caused the England top-order a few anxious moments. His early Test appearances did not set the world alight, and he lost his place after taking 3 for 343 in four matches - but he has the basics and anyone with a semblance of talent should be encouraged and nurtured. Mpofu has benefited noticeably from Heath Streak's appointment as Zimbabwe's bowling coach as his action has smoothed out, his outswing is becoming more consistent (although he still has a frustrating propensity to go too wide of off stump) and his pace has increased. One definite shortcoming, however, is his crease occupation. Not content with being stumped twice in an afternoon (for a pair) in the first Test against New Zealand in August 2005, he followed up by being run out for 3 in the second match, as he strolled down the pitch to congratulate his team-mate on reaching his half-century. He still tends to blow hot and cold and has few rivals in the race to be considered international cricket's worst batsman, but when Zimbabwe return to Test cricket Mpofu will have an important role to play.
Andrew McGlashan

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Latest Photos

Nov 19, 2016

Chris Mpofu works the ball into the leg side, Zimbabwe v West Indies, tri-nation series, Bulawayo, November 19, 2016

Chris Mpofu works the ball into the leg side

© AFP

Nov 19, 2016

Chris Mpofu has his stumps broken by Carlos Brathwaite, Zimbabwe v West Indies, tri-nation series, Bulawayo, November 19, 2016

Chris Mpofu has his stumps broken by Carlos Brathwaite

© AFP

Nov 6, 2016

Chris Mpofu trapped Kaushal Silva lbw, Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Harare, 1st day, November 6, 2016

Chris Mpofu trapped Kaushal Silva lbw

© Associated Press

Country Fixtures Country Results
3rd ODI: Zimbabwe v Afghanistan at Harare
Feb 21, 2017 (09:30 local | 07:30 GMT | 02:30 EST | 01:30 CST | 23:30 PST -1d)
Tuskers v Mountaineers at Bulawayo
Feb 21-24, 2017 (10:00 local | 08:00 GMT | 03:00 EST | 02:00 CST | 00:00 PST)
Rhinos v Eagles at Kwekwe
Feb 21-24, 2017 (10:00 local | 08:00 GMT | 03:00 EST | 02:00 CST | 00:00 PST)
4th ODI: Zimbabwe v Afghanistan at Harare
Feb 24, 2017 (09:30 local | 07:30 GMT | 02:30 EST | 01:30 CST | 23:30 PST -1d)
5th ODI: Zimbabwe v Afghanistan at Harare
Feb 26, 2017 (09:30 local | 07:30 GMT | 02:30 EST | 01:30 CST | 23:30 PST -1d)
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