Full name Matheus Christiaan van Zyl
Born April 6, 1980, Grootfontein
Current age 36 years 246 days
Major teams Namibia
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
|First-class debut||Uganda v Namibia at Kampala, May 13-15, 2005 scorecard|
|Last First-class||KwaZulu-Natal Inland v Namibia at Pietermaritzburg, Mar 5-7, 2009 scorecard|
|List A debut||Namibia v Scotland at Limavady, Jul 5, 2005 scorecard|
|Last List A||Namibia v United Arab Emirates at Krugersdorp, Apr 19, 2009 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|26, 0/28||Namibia||v U.A.E.||Krugersdorp||19 Apr 2009||ICCT # 511|
|4, 2/34||Namibia||v Netherlands||Benoni||13 Apr 2009||ICCT # 497|
|32*, 0/42||Namibia||v U.A.E.||Pretoria||11 Apr 2009||ICCT # 492|
|31, 0/13||Namibia||v Ireland||Johannesburg||8 Apr 2009||ICCT # 489|
|14, 0/9||Namibia||v Oman||Krugersdorp||6 Apr 2009||ICCT # 483|
|4/53, 48||Namibia||v Canada||Pretoria||4 Apr 2009||ICCT # 475|
|0/18, 6||Namibia||v Scotland||Pretoria||2 Apr 2009||ICCT # 472|
|1/28, 10||Namibia||v Uganda||Krugersdorp||1 Apr 2009||ICCT # 466|
|2/14||Namibia||v Bermuda||Benoni (B)||28 Mar 2009||Other OD|
|1/19, 10||Namibia||v KZN-Inland||Pietermaritzburg||8 Mar 2009||LA|
Career-best figures of 8 for 34 against Ireland in Dublin during an Intercontinental Cup match really served to make a name for Ian Van Zyl among Namibian cricket watchers, but he has struggled to reach such heights since.
He began his career as a medium-fast bowler, but a fully fledged No. 11. Over time his batting has improved enough for Namibia to occasionally use him as a pinch-hitter in short formats of the game, although he remains more likely to be seen swinging at the end of an innings.
He bowls with good control and remains part of the Namibian squad for the Intercontinental Cup in 2007, but he will need more performances like he had in May 2006 if he is to keep some of the younger Namibian bowlers out of the side.
Alan Curr October 2007
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