Craig Ervine

Zimbabwe|Middle order Batter
Craig Ervine
INTL CAREER: 2010 - 2023
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Full Name

Craig Richard Ervine

Born

August 19, 1985, Harare

Age

37y 172d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

Playing Role

Middle order Batter

RELATIONS

SM Ervine

(brother),

RM Ervine

(father),

NB Ervine

(uncle),

R Ervine

(brother)

Few people in Zimbabwe cricket circles were surprised when Craig Ervine found his way into Zimbabwe colours. A stylish left-handed middle-order batsman, Ervine hails from a family with a strong cricketing tradition - his father and uncle both played first-class cricket, albeit briefly, in the late 1970s, his older brother Sean had a promising fledgling international career with Zimbabwe before heading to England to become a reliable cog in Hampshire's middle order, and even younger brother Ryan has turned out for the Southern Rocks franchise on occasion.

But it is somewhat surprising that Ervine is playing cricket at all, as a freak accident in his early teens - he slipped and fell on a broken glass in his family's living room - required a three-hour reconstructive operation to his right hand. The injury had been so severe that amputation was considered an option in the initial diagnosis. Ervine's recovery from the injury focused his ambitions, and mid-way through his A level studies at Lomagundi College on the outskirts of Chinhoyi he won a place at the Zimbabwe Cricket Academy. Ervine soon found his way into the Midlands, and Zimbabwe Under-19 and A sides before heading to England to expand his horizons and improve his game.

After spells with English clubs Bexhill and Lordhood, and a stint with Irish club Lisburn in Belfast, Ervine returned to Zimbabwe and took up a contract with Masvingo-based franchise Southern Rocks. Ervine was their leading run-scorer in the 2009-10 Logan Cup and topped their one-day averages as well. His returns in the domestic Twenty20 competition were more modest, but a call-up to Zimbabwe's squad for the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean followed.

Ervine's returns from Zimbabwe's trip to the Caribbean in early 2013 suggested a career heading in the right direction. He averaged 60.50 in the ODIs against West Indies, and was the leading run-scorer across all three formats on the tour. When Zimbabwe returned home, however, Ervine refused a paltry winter contract offer from ZC and instead left the country to play club cricket for Lisburn and Grade Cricket for Morley in Western Australia. It appeared another bright talent had been lost to Zimbabwean cricket, but after an 18-month break Ervine once again made himself available for Zimbabwe ahead of the 2014-15 season. The 2015 World Cup was surely a motivation for his move, and Ervine was included in Zimbabwe's squad for that tournament.
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Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test18362120816035.52245549.203413911160
ODI107103122948130*32.39393075.0131827537510
T20I59583123268*22.401162106.020712526290
FC871569639121543.47nullnull1631nullnull840
List A194184325806168*38.19nullnull1032nullnull830
T20109103132335120*25.941961119.0711522866510
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test18------------
ODI107------------
T20I59------------
FC87null21014332/44null47.664.0870.0000
List A194null15812511/251/25125.004.74158.0000
T20109------------
Craig Richard Ervine
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Photos
Kraigg Brathwaite looks up as Craig Ervine tosses the coin
Sean Williams celebrates with Craig Ervine
Sikandar Raza celebrates with Craig Ervine after getting KL Rahul
Scott Edwards and Craig Ervine at the toss
Craig Ervine uncomfortably plays a pull
Craig Ervine and Babar Azam walk out with their two sides