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Andy Blignaut

A very talented all-rounder, Blignaut was primarily picked as a pace bowler, and promptly captured a five wicket bag on his Test debut.
PTI | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON AUG 20, 2005 06:51 PM IST
 Date of Birth: 1st Aug 1978, Salisbury (Harare)
Test Debut: Against Bangladesh at Bulawayo, 2001
 ODI Debut: Against West Indies at Singapore, 1999
 Bats: Left Hand Bat
 Bowls: Right Arm Medium-Fast
 

A very talented all-rounder, Andy Blignaut was primarily picked for Zimbabwe as a pace bowler, and promptly captured a five wicket bag on his Test debut. Inevitably for a player with the natural hitting talent and great strength that Blignaut possesses, his batting has come along in leaps and bounds since his debut.

Among his best international performances was his 28-ball 54 against Australia at the World Cup, an extraordinary innings that featured 44 runs in fours and sixes alone. Blignaut was among the players to walk out on Zimbabwean cricket in 2004, but he returned in February of 2005, a very welcome comeback for Zimbabwe supporters.

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.

 

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