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Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy

india Updated: Jan 29, 2003 23:43 IST

 Date of Birth: 1 December 1976, Harare
 Test Debut: Against West Indies at Port-of-Spain in 1999/00
 ODI Debut: Against Pakistan at Antigua in 1999/00
 Bats: Right Hand Bat
 Bowls: Leg Break Googly

Leg-break bowler. Only front-line spinner in the squad, useful right-hand lower order batsman, former captain.

Father played rugby union for Rhodesia. Good hockey player. A career full of surprises. Called up from relative obscurity to tour West Indies and England while still a student at University of Cape Town with Zimbabwe desperate for a spinner.

Had played for Western Province in Cape Town. 18 months later, Oct 2001, made captain when Streak resigned and other top players turned down the job. Dropped himself soon after because of problems with a finger injury. Replaced by Carlisle, Zimbabwe's fifth captain since 1999 World Cup (Alistair Campbell, Andy Flower, Heath Streak resigning.) Still troubled by finger problem.

Best test figures of 3-32 came in first innings of maiden test against West Indies in Trinidad. Last test Nov 2001, as captain v Bangladesh in Dhaka. Just got back in ODI side after a year out.


First Published: Jan 24, 2003 23:32 IST