Full name Stuart Matsikenyeri
Born May 3, 1983, Harare
Current age 32 years 89 days
Major teams Zimbabwe, Easterns (Zimbabwe), Manicaland, Mashonaland Eagles, Mountaineers, Zimbabwe Cricket Academy
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Relation Brother - E Matsikenyeri
|Test debut||Zimbabwe v West Indies at Harare, Nov 4-8, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v Zimbabwe at Centurion, Mar 11-13, 2005 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Bulawayo, Nov 23, 2002 scorecard|
|Last ODI||West Indies v Zimbabwe at Canberra, Feb 24, 2015 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Khulna, Nov 28, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v Zimbabwe at Hambantota, Sep 20, 2012 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Mid West Rhinos v Mountaineers at Kwekwe, Dec 9-12, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||2001|
|Last List A||West Indies v Zimbabwe at Canberra, Feb 24, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Eagles v Zimbabweans at Kimberley, Sep 13, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Mashonaland Eagles v Mountaineers at Harare, Feb 10, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|19||Zimbabwe||v West Indies||Canberra||24 Feb 2015||ODI # 3612|
|-||Zimbabwe||v Sri Lanka||Lincoln||11 Feb 2015||Other OD|
|-||Zimbabwe||v New Zealand||Lincoln||9 Feb 2015||Other OD|
|53||Zimbabweans||v ND-XI||Gisborne||6 Feb 2015||Other OD|
|24||Mountaineers||v Eagles||Harare||17 Jan 2015||LA|
|31||Mountaineers||v Rhinos||Mutare||14 Jan 2015||LA|
|1/11, 1||Zimbabwe A||v Canada||Harare||8 Jan 2015||Other OD|
|50||Zimbabwe A||v Canada||Harare||6 Jan 2015||Other OD|
|31, 25*||Mountaineers||v Rhinos||Kwekwe||9 Dec 2014||FC|
|0/15, 100*||Mountaineers||v Rhinos||Kwekwe||7 Dec 2014||LA|
A talented batsman but a modest, hardworking character, Stuart Matsikenyeri is the third of three school friends from Churchill Boys High School, Harare to represent Zimbabwe in international cricket. Matsikenyeri is a short, wristy batsman with a low centre of gravity and a fierce cut shot, and is also a useful part-time offspinner. He learned his cricket in the black township of Highfield on the outskirts of Harare, representing Zimbabwe at U-16 and U-19 levels, and has also played club cricket in Australia - a vital step in his development.
His debut came as an opening batsman against Pakistan at Bulawayo in November 2002. He played one match in the 2003 World Cup, and played in the NatWest Series in England later that year, scoring a vital 44 at Trent Bridge in a four-wicket win. But he has failed to really push on after the early promise and has struggled against high quality pace bowling, despite being strong on the cut and pull. He is an impressive fielder in a variety of positions but is generally used in the gully area.
In 2006 he declined to sign a new contract with the board, but, like several others, subsequently returned to the fold as the lure of a World Cup outings grew closer. He stayed there and thereabouts for Zimbabwe, but his chances in the national side diminished as did his returns with the bat. There were some bright points - such as his record 188-run sixth wicket partnership against South Africa with Tatenda Taibu in 2009, but in 2013 Matsikenyeri, who was captain of Mashonaland Eagles at the time, followed Taibu into premature retirement. He left Zimbabwe for Johannesburg, where he played league cricket and coached at a prestigious high school, and surprised many when he returned to Zimbabwe to fight for a place at the 2015 World Cup. His experience clearly counted in his favour when he was included in Zimbabwe's squad for that tournament.
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