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Chris Mpofu      

Full name Christopher Bobby Mpofu

Born November 27, 1985, Plumtree, Matabeleland

Current age 29 years 249 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 9 17 6 27 8 2.45 137 19.70 0 0 2 1 0 0
ODIs 67 35 19 40 6 2.50 177 22.59 0 0 1 0 10 0
T20Is 17 4 2 7 4* 3.50 9 77.77 0 0 0 0 3 0
First-class 78 124 35 769 36 8.64 2445 31.45 0 0 16 0
List A 133 72 37 241 29* 6.88 530 45.47 0 0 23 0
Twenty20 52 23 12 96 27* 8.72 113 84.95 0 0 5 0 11 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 9 13 1448 889 20 4/92 5/123 44.45 3.68 72.4 2 0 0
ODIs 67 67 3222 2893 72 6/52 6/52 40.18 5.38 44.7 2 1 0
T20Is 17 17 366 524 16 3/16 3/16 32.75 8.59 22.8 0 0 0
First-class 78 12541 6549 209 7/37 31.33 3.13 60.0 8 6 0
List A 133 6321 5127 173 6/8 6/8 29.63 4.86 36.5 6 3 0
Twenty20 52 52 1132 1384 56 4/17 4/17 24.71 7.33 20.2 1 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Chittagong, Jan 6-10, 2005 scorecard
Last Test Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Bulawayo, Nov 1-5, 2011 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Zimbabwe v England at Harare, Nov 28, 2004 scorecard
Last ODI Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Harare, Aug 2, 2015 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at King City (NW), Oct 10, 2008 scorecard
Last T20I Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jul 19, 2015 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut Matabeleland v Manicaland at Bulawayo, Mar 19-22, 2004 scorecard
Last First-class Mid West Rhinos v Matabeleland Tuskers at Kwekwe, Mar 4-7, 2014 scorecard
List A debut Mashonaland v Matabeleland at Harare, Dec 7, 2003 scorecard
Last List A Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Harare, Aug 2, 2015 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Easterns (Zimbabwe) v Westerns at Harare, Mar 19, 2008 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jul 19, 2015 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
0/84 Zimbabwe v New Zealand Harare 2 Aug 2015 ODI # 3673
1/26 Zimbabwe v India Harare 19 Jul 2015 T20I # 442
3/33 Zimbabwe v India Harare 17 Jul 2015 T20I # 440
2/50 Zimbabwe v Pakistan Lahore 31 May 2015 ODI # 3653
0/70 Zimbabwe v Pakistan Lahore 26 May 2015 ODI # 3651
2/25 Zimbabwe v Pakistan Lahore 24 May 2015 T20I # 418
0/32 Zimbabwe v Pakistan Lahore 22 May 2015 T20I # 417
1/62 Tuskers v Eagles Bulawayo 21 Mar 2015 LA
1/36 Tuskers v Eagles Bulawayo 17 Mar 2015 LA
3/56 Tuskers v Mountaineers Bulawayo 1 Mar 2015 LA
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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Aug 2, 2015

Ross Taylor and Chris Mpofu share a lighter moment, Zimbabwe v New Zealand, 1st ODI, Harare, August 2, 2015

Ross Taylor and Chris Mpofu share a lighter moment

© Associated Press

May 31, 2015

Christopher Mpofu exults after dismissing Babar Azam, Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI, Lahore, May 31, 2015

Christopher Mpofu exults after dismissing Babar Azam

© AFP

May 24, 2015

Floored him: Chris Mpofu celebrates removing Umar Akmal, Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 2nd T20I, Lahore, May 24, 2015

Floored him: Chris Mpofu celebrates removing Umar Akmal

© AFP

Country Fixtures Country Results
2nd ODI: Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Harare
Aug 4, 2015 (09:00 local | 07:00 GMT | 03:00 EDT | 02:00 CDT | 00:00 PDT)
3rd ODI: Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Harare
Aug 7, 2015 (09:00 local | 07:00 GMT | 03:00 EDT | 02:00 CDT | 00:00 PDT)
Only T20I: Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Harare
Aug 9, 2015 (13:00 local | 11:00 GMT | 07:00 EDT | 06:00 CDT | 04:00 PDT)
Pool A: Easterns v Zimbabwe at Benoni
Sep 5, 2015 (13:00 local | 11:00 GMT | 07:00 EDT | 06:00 CDT | 04:00 PDT)
Pool A: Northerns v Zimbabwe at Benoni
Sep 5, 2015 (16:30 local | 14:30 GMT | 10:30 EDT | 09:30 CDT | 07:30 PDT)
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