Alistair Campbell

Zimbabwe|Opening Batter
Alistair Campbell
INTL CAREER: 1992 - 2003
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Full Name

Alistair Douglas Ross Campbell

Born

September 23, 1972, Salisbury (now Harare)

Age

50y 136d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

Playing Role

Opening Batter

Education

Eaglesvale High School

RELATIONS

DJR Campbell

(brother),

J Campbell

(son)

An elegant left-hander, Alistair Campbell showed great early promise, being selected for the national side while still at school, and becoming the youngest Zimbabwean to make a first-class century. He could play a wide range of shots, generating power without apparent effort. He occasionally bowled right-arm offspin, and was a magnificent fielder in any position.

Picked for the 1992 World Cup at only 19, he struggled against world-class bowling, but the experience was invaluable. He soon became a fixture in the national side, and greatly impressed on the 1993-94 Pakistan tour, against one of the strongest bowling attacks in the world. Campbell's aggressive style proved effective in one-day internationals, but his wish to dominate the bowling led to difficulties in building big innings in Test matches. After being stuck on a Test-best of 99 for five years, he finally scored his first century, against India in Nagpur in 2000-01, and followed that up with 103 the following summer against West Indies.

On taking over the captaincy in 1996, he led Zimbabwe to some notable successes, including their remarkable series victory in Pakistan in 1998-99, and their qualification for the Super Sixes in the 1999 World Cup. However, he stood down from the captaincy in November that year, citing personal reasons and he abruptly announced his retirement from international cricket under a cloud after he was originally overlooked for the 2003 World Cup but was later brought back in as an injury replacement.

For a time, Campbell ran Lilfordia Junior School in Harare with his father, Iain, a prominent junior coach who groomed a number of Zimbabwe's cricketers. Amid the revamping of Zimbabwe's domestic structure in 2009-10, Campbell took on administrative roles in the board, guiding the team's return to Test cricket in 2011. He later also worked as Zimbabwe Cricket's managing director.

Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test601094285810327.21684341.762183554600
ODI188184145185131*30.50783466.18730nullnull760
FC12922325670119633.84nullnull1138nullnull1330
List A248240267098131*33.16nullnull943nullnull950
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test60666280---2.54-000
ODI18830509434122/202/2036.165.1142.4000
FC129null17371004224/82null45.633.4678.9null00
List A248null842716243/193/1929.835.1035.0000
Alistair Douglas Ross Campbell
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Photos
A Zimbabwe cricket delegation assessed the security arrangement in Pakistan
Alistair Campbell talks to reporters after reviewing the security arrangements at the Gaddafi Stadium
Alistair Campbell talks to reporters after reviewing the security arrangements at the Gaddafi Stadium
Brendan Taylor spins the coin at the toss as Ross Taylor and Alistair Campbell look on
Alistair Campbell, Brendan Taylor and Alan Butcher at the announcement of Zimbabwe's Test team
Chairman of selectors Alistair Campbell announces Zimbabwe's World Cup squad