Chris Mpofu
Zimbabwe

Personal Information

Full Name : Christopher Bobby Mpofu
Born : November 27, 1985, Plumtree, Matabeleland
Current Age : 31 years 324 days
Playing Role : Bowler
Batting Style : Right-hand bat

Major Teams
Zimbabwe,Mashonaland,Matabeleland,Matabeleland Tuskers,Westerns,Zimbabwe XI

Batting and fielding averages
League 50 100 St Ct 6s 4s SR BF Ave HS Runs No Inns Mat
listA0002747.235976.2629*2824186164
firstClass1002433.19306110.265710164314291
T20Is000310108.33126.506*133520
ODIs000110123.231982.30646193979
tests00024230.681894.14205892312
Bowling averages
League 10 5w 4w SR Econ Ave BBM BBI Wkts Runs Balls Inns Mat
listA03736.64.8729.736/86/821062447687164
firstClass08859.43.1431.147/3724977541481391
T20Is00026.68.6738.503/163/16166164262020
ODIs01242.65.4038.396/526/5287334037077879
tests00283.83.4948.845/1234/9225122120961912
Christopher Bobby Mpofu's Profile

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