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Gavin Ewing
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Gavin Ewing

Zimbabwe
Gavin Ewing

INTL CAREER: 2003 - 2005

Full Name

Gavin Mackie Ewing

Born

January 21, 1981, Harare

Age

40y 151d

Also Known As

Mackie

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

TEAMS

An offspinning allrounder and a notable survivor on Zimbabwe's domestic cricket scene despite all the ructions of recent years, Gavin Ewing made a mark in his very first Logan Cup match, striking a second-innings hundred for Matabeleland against Mashonaland in February 2002. His domestic form led to a call-up for the 2003-04 Australia tour. He had also been selected in the national squad to play the touring Pakistanis in 2002-03 only nine months after making his first-class debut, but didn't play.

Ewing comes from a keen cricketing family. His father represented Eastern Province and was a big factor in developing Ewing's bowling. In 1999, he played in the Under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka and finished in the top ten wicket-takers. He also played club cricket in England for two seasons, fulfilling all the credentials for a spot in the national academy - or so you would have thought. After two weeks there in 2001, he was thrown out by Dave Houghton for being unfit and overweight. Told to come back in better shape, he reapplied the following year, but was rejected and left to build his reputation in domestic cricket.

An aggressive middle-order batsman, he is more comfortable off the back foot, is a strong puller and hooker, and took 71 off Bangladesh in his second Test. As a bowler he does not spin the ball much, relying more on accuracy. He was one of the original 15 "rebels" who fell out with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union in mid-2004, but settled his differences with the Board and returned to the national side when England toured in November.

He remained in the frame for New Zealand and India's visits in 2005, but the state of cricket in Zimbabwe deteriorated as the country around it fell apart, and by 2006 Ewing had departed for the United Kingdom. He spent a season playing for Paignton in the Premier Division of the Devon Cricket League, briefly pursued a club contract in New Zealand, and then spent the 2008 summer playing club cricket for Poloc in Scotland.

In September of that year he won his long-running court case against Zimbabwe Cricket for payment of outstanding match fees dating back to 2005. In April 2009, less than a week after an ICC report stressed the need for Zimbabwe Cricket to patch up its differences with former players, Ewing insisted he still had not been paid and ruled out a return for Zimbabwe, but did at least find his way back into the revamped domestic structure with Matabeleland Tuskers. He appeared to have found a happy home there, captaining the side in all formats and playing a strong part in their Logan Cup triumph in 2010-11 - though injury meant he missed the dramatic victory over Mountaineers in the final.
Liam Brickhill June 2011

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test3601087118.0017462.060114110
ODI770974613.8513770.80009030
FC56919328821240.09719260
List A62558128110627.2516220
T201311118772*18.70184101.630124150
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test3542626021/271/46130.003.66213.00000
ODI7731223653/313/3147.204.5362.40000
FC5671233357987/6434.252.8272.60640
List A6221601512433/83/835.164.2050.20000
T2013914416562/132/1327.506.8724.00000
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Photos


Gavin Ewing at the Queens Sports Club
Chris Mpofu and Gavin Ewing celebrate as another wicket falls
Harbhajan Singh appeals for Gavin Ewing's wicket
Gaving Ewing vents his emotions after dismissing Brendon McCullum
Nathan Astle's wicket is given a Zimbabwe-style celebration
Gavin Ewing and Tatenda Taibu celebrate the fall of Brendon McCullum