Christopher Bobby Mpofu

Zimbabwe Christopher Bobby Mpofu

Plays for Zimbabwe
Age 31 years 334 days
Born November 27, 1985, Plumtree, Matabeleland
Batting Style Right-hand bat
Bowling Style Right-arm fast-medium
Among the clutch of players given their chance at international level because of the exodus of the rebels, Christopher Mpofu looks like he may have the abilities to forge a decent career. A tall seam bowler, he hits the pitch hard and can get good away movement - but as with many young quick bowlers consistency is his major problem. Technically, he has a good action but a better brace of his front leg through his delivery stride would allow him to make the most of his height, rather than collapsing as he tends to do at the moment. He made his ODI debut against England in October 2004 and caused the England top-order a few anxious moments. His early Test appearances did not set the world alight, and he lost his place after taking 3 for 343 in four matches - but he has the basics and anyone with a semblance of talent should be encouraged and nurtured. Mpofu has benefited noticeably from Heath Streak's appointment as Zimbabwe's bowling coach as his action has smoothed out, his outswing is becoming more consistent (although he still has a frustrating propensity to go too wide of off stump) and his pace has increased. One definite shortcoming, however, is his crease occupation. Not content with being stumped twice in an afternoon (for a pair) in the first Test against New Zealand in August 2005, he followed up by being run out for 3 in the second match, as he strolled down the pitch to congratulate his team-mate on reaching his half-century. He still tends to blow hot and cold and has few rivals in the race to be considered international cricket's worst batsman, but when Zimbabwe return to Test cricket Mpofu will have an important role to play. Andrew McGlashan
Major Teams Affiliated With
Zimbabwe Mashonaland Matabeleland
Matabeleland Tuskers Westerns Zimbabwe XI

Batting Performance - as in the API

League 50 100 St Ct 6s 4s Ave HS Runs NO Inns Mat
listA 0 0 0 27 6.26 29* 282 41 86 164
firstClass 1 0 0 25 10.48 57 1059 43 144 92
T20Is 0 0 0 3 1 0 6.50 6* 13 3 5 20
ODIs 0 0 0 11 0 1 2.30 6 46 19 39 79
tests 0 0 0 3 5 6 6.31 33 101 9 25 13

Bowling Performance - as in the API

League 10 5w 4w Econ Ave BBM BBI Wkts Runs Balls Inns Mat
listA 0 3 7 4.87 29.73 6/8 6/8 210 6244 7687 164
firstClass 0 8 8 3.13 31.37 7/37 249 7812 14957 92
T20Is 0 0 0 8.67 38.50 3/16 3/16 16 616 426 20 20
ODIs 0 1 2 5.40 38.39 6/52 6/52 87 3340 3707 78 79
tests 0 0 2 3.42 51.16 5/123 4/92 25 1279 2240 21 13
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