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Chris Mpofu      

Full name Christopher Bobby Mpofu

Born November 27, 1985, Plumtree, Matabeleland

Current age 31 years 6 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 71 36 19 42 6 2.47 180 23.33 0 0 1 0 10 0
T20Is 20 5 3 13 6* 6.50 12 108.33 0 0 0 1 3 0
First-class 84 133 39 907 57 9.64 2749 32.99 0 1 20 0
List A 145 79 40 274 29* 7.02 563 48.66 0 0 24 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 71 70 3342 3018 73 6/52 6/52 41.34 5.41 45.7 2 1 0
T20Is 20 20 426 616 16 3/16 3/16 38.50 8.67 26.6 0 0 0
First-class 84 13673 7177 228 7/37 31.47 3.14 59.9 8 6 0
List A 145 6797 5539 178 6/8 6/8 31.11 4.88 38.1 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 West Indies at Bulawayo, Nov 25, 2016 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 Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka at Harare, Nov 6-10, 2016 scorecard
List A debut Mashonaland v Matabeleland at Harare, Dec 7, 2003 scorecard
Last List A Zimbabwe v West Indies at Bulawayo, Nov 25, 2016 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
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
2*, 3/61, 0/24 Zimbabwe A v Pakistan A Bulawayo 9 Oct 2016 FC
2/19, 18, 1/84, 57 Tuskers v Rhinos Bulawayo 2 Mar 2016 FC
3/27, 2/76 Tuskers v Mountaineers Harare 23 Feb 2016 FC
0/30 Tuskers v Rhinos Bulawayo 13 Feb 2016 T20
3/29, 2 Tuskers v Mountaineers Bulawayo 12 Feb 2016 T20
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

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