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Andy Blignaut
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Andy Blignaut

Zimbabwe
Andy Blignaut

INTL CAREER: 1999 - 2010

Full Name

Arnoldus Mauritius Blignaut

Born

August 01, 1978, Salisbury (now Harare)

Age

43y 52d

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium fast

TEAMS

A laid-back character, Blignaut hails from an Afrikaner farming family, as his forenames (Arnoldus Mauritius) suggest. His stronger suit is his pace bowling, and he returned the best figures by a Zimbabwean on Test debut - 5 for 73 in the first Test against Bangladesh at Bulawayo in April 2001. He also managed a first-ball duck in his maiden Test innings, although as a strokeplaying left-hander, he has a terrific eye for the ball and is also a fine fielder. After growing disenchanted with the game he sat out the 2001-02 season, amid reports of disputes with administrators and fellow players. He pursued a number of lines of employment including, briefly, male modelling. But in August 2002 he announced that he was returning, and in his first game back he took 5 for 79 against Pakistan. He then cemented his place back in the team and put in steady performances during the 2003 World Cup and in England later in the same year.

But he was one of the 15 rebel players who was involved in the stand-off with the Zimbabwe board and was ultimately sacked by them. In June 2004 he joined the growing exodus from Zimbabwe by signing for Tasmania, and also had a brief stint with Durham during the English summer. But Tasmania released him from his contract early - his spell was dogged by injury - and in February 2005 he returned 'unconditionally' to Zimbabwe. He was part of the strike against the board later in the year, and spent 2005-06 playing for the Lions in South Africa. He was for a time touted as successor to Tatenda Taibu as captain, but refused to play until he was paid substantial monies owed to him by the board.

After a four-year break from the game, Blignaut resurfaced in early 2010 during the return of several former players to the Zimbabwe fold. He signed for the Matabeleland Tuskers franchise and was included in Zimbabwe's squad for the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, as well as the home tri-series with India and Sri Lanka that followed.
Martin Williamson June 2010

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test193638869226.84129268.570610223130
ODI5441862663*18.96589106.28056213110
T20I110888.008100.00001000
FC57915237519427.61215400
List A8061991563*17.5906170
T201311426463*37.71181145.8502211450
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test193031731964535/738/11037.053.7159.80130
ODI545323482063504/434/4341.265.2746.90200
T20I1------------
FC57811248621335/7336.553.5960.9030
List A8033412973704/434/4342.475.3347.70200
T201378813862/312/3123.009.4014.60000
Arnoldus Mauritius Blignaut
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Andy Blignaut
Andy Blignaut
Andy Blignaut hits another boundary during his rapid half century against Mountaineers
Dinesh Karthik appeals for Andy Blignaut's wicket
Andy Blignaut heaves one through mid off during his 26-ball cameo of 41
MS Dhoni stumps Andy Blignaut after he hit 41 off 26 balls