Full name Eddo André Brandes
Born March 5, 1963, Port Shepstone, Natal, South Africa
Current age 52 years 180 days
Major teams Zimbabwe, Mashonaland, Mashonaland Country Districts
Nickname Chicken George
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Education Prince Edward School
|Test debut||Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Oct 18-22, 1992 scorecard|
|Last Test||Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka at Harare, Dec 4-8, 1999 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v Zimbabwe at Hyderabad (Deccan), Oct 10, 1987 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka at Harare, Dec 18, 1999 scorecard|
|First-class span||1985 - 2000/01|
|List A span||1985 - 2001|
A bull of a man, barrel-chested with a twinkle in his eye and a penchant for a drink, Eddo Brandes achieved world fame in 1996-97 as the chicken farmer who took a hat-trick and twice bowled Zimbabwe to one-day wins over England. But he was more than just a one-series wonder, and his pacy outswingers could also have won Test matches had his fitness record not been so poor. Brandes was also a powerful late-order hitter with a good technique and an even better eye who once scored a first-class hundred in South Africa. He is also remembered for masterminding Zimbabwe's shock World Cup victory over England at Albury in 1992. A gifted allround sportsman, he could hit a golf ball harder than most although he also suffered from more than his fair share of injuries. He briefly coached at the national academy, but fed up with the deteriorating political situation which affected his farm, in 2003 he emigrated to Queensland where he carried on coaching.
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