Full name Stuart Vance Carlisle
Born May 10, 1972, Salisbury (now Harare)
Current age 43 years 115 days
Major teams Zimbabwe, Mashonaland, Mashonaland A, Mashonaland Under-24s
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Relation Father - AM Carlisle
|Test debut||Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Harare, Jan 31-Feb 4, 1995 scorecard|
|Last Test||Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Bulawayo, Aug 15-17, 2005 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Harare, Feb 22, 1995 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Harare, Aug 31, 2005 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Bulawayo, Aug 15-17, 2005 scorecard|
|List A debut||1994/95|
|Last List A||Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Harare, Aug 31, 2005 scorecard|
The utility batsman of the Zimbabwe side - and latterly their spirited
captain - Stuart Carlisle had plenty of guts and application but could have done with more self-belief. Predominantly a front-foot player, his record would
probably have been better had he been given an extended run in the side in a
fixed position. Instead, Carlisle batted anywhere from No. 1 to No. 7.
But he was an athletic, often inspired fielder, particularly square of the
wicket where he has held many stunning catches in one-day cricket. He
inherited the captaincy at the end of a turbulent five-week period in early
2002, after Brian Murphy, Guy Whittall, Heath Streak and Alistair Campbell
had all been removed from the post for one reason or another. Carlisle - and
his batting average - initially rose to the challenge but then paid the price for losing five out of six Test matches. He was stripped of the captaincy and then dropped, missing the 2003 World Cup. He forced his way back into the frame for the 2003 England tour, during which he broke his hand prior to the NatWest Series, but returned with a bang to score his first Test century, against Australia at Sydney in October 2003. But he was closely involved in the dispute which followed the dismissal of Heath Streak in April 2004, and like the other rebels, that seemed to mark the end of his international career. He briefly returned, but quit in October 2005, saying: " I am fed up by what is happening and I just walked away. I'm tired of the politics. I'd rather be away from them."
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