Murray William Goodwin
December 11, 1972, Salisbury (now Harare)
Muzza, Fuzz, Goodie
Right hand Bat
Top order Batter
St John's, Harare, Zimbabwe; Newtonmoore Senior High, Bunbury, Western Australia
Murray Goodwin is a diminutive and sometimes destructive player who can bat anywhere in the top four. His formative years were spent on the bouncy WACA wickets in Perth, and left him a predominantly back-foot player who cuts and pulls the pacemen with impunity. His light feet and willingness to use them make him equally adept against spin, and he is quick and alert in the field. Goodwin was born in Rhodesia, where he returned after his family had emigrated to Australia while he was still a youngster. But his wife could not settle in Zimbabwe, and Goodwin went back to Australia after the England tour of 2000, thus ending a Test career that, despite just 19 games, placed him in the upper echelons of Zimbabwe cricket history.
He then went on to make his name with Sussex. After a prolific season in 2001, he became an instant legend two years later, when he scored a club-record 335 not out against Leicestershire to seal Sussex's first Championship title in their 164-year history. He was then involved in the success in the C&G Trophy final of 2006. At Western Australia enjoyed some big-scoring years, including 1,183 in 2003-04 and 840 the following summer, and moved into the top 15 on the state's domestic first-class run list. He joined the ICL in its second season, played eight games for Ahmedabad Rockets, before quitting the league to commit to Sussex before moving to Glamorgan for 2013 where he ended his career with retirement after the 2014 summer.
Batting & Fielding