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Andy Blignaut

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast medium
Played for:
Zimbabwe, Tasmania, Durham, Mashonaland A, Mashonaland, Matabeleland Tuskers, Zimbabwe A, Zimbabwe CD, Zimbabwe Inv XI, Highveld Lions
Roles played:
AllRounder
Home country:
Zimbabwe
Born:
August 01, 1978, Salisbury

Profile

Earmarked as a youngster destined for greatness, Blignaut’s career has seen more lows than highs and a large chunk of the blame has to be attached to the problems that have marred Zimbabwe cricket for so long.

The Salisbury born Blignaut who made his ODI debut when he was only 21, went on to play his first Test two years later. On debut, he ripped through Bangladesh’s top order in the first innings to pick up a well deserved five wicket haul. However midway through 2001, disillusioned with some elements in Zimbabwe cricket, he decided to quit but reversed his decision towards the end of 2002 and capped it with a sensational return against Pakistan with 8 wickets. He also earned plaudits for his big hitting abilities and was also instrumental in playing several crucial innings down the order on occasions when the top order failed to click. A brilliant, athletic fielder, Blignaut’s powerful arm also meant that batsman would think twice before taking him on.

With an open chested action and a jump before the landing crease, Blignaut’s ability to swing the ball at a serious pace also made him a player who could provide vitality in all three departments. However he continued to remain a bundle of nervous energy who could run riot one day but be absolutely pedestrian in the next. In 2005, Blignaut joined a long list of Zimbabwe players to be sacked for refusing to ply with the board’s high-handedness and remained virtually untraceable for the next four years before returning to the national team in 2010 with compatriots Grant Flower and Raymond Price.


Fast Facts

  • He became the first Zimbabwean to take a five wicket haul on Test debut with match figures of 8/110.
  • Blignaut is also Zimbabwe’s second fast bowler after Heath Streak to have taken 5 wicket hauls thrice in Test cricket.
  • He became the first Zimbabwean to have taken a hat-trick in Test cricket.
  • Has had brief spells playing for Tasmania, Gauteng and Durham and has also tried his hand at male modelling.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 19 36 886 3 26.84 68.57 0 6 92
ODI 54 41 626 8 18.96 106.28 0 5 63*
T20 1 1 8 0 8 100 0 0 8
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 19 30 3173 1964 53 5/73 / 37.05 3.71 1 3 0 87
ODI 54 53 2348 2063 50 4/43 / 41.26 5.27 2 0 0 174
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 13 0 1
ODI 11 0 8

Career

Span:
Test:
2001-2005
 
ODI:
1999-2010
 
T20:
2010-2010
Test
Debut:
Zimbabwe Vs Bangladesh at Queen's Sports Club, Bulawayo - Apr 19, 2001
Last played:
Zimbabwe Vs India at Harare Sports Club, Harare (Salisbury) - Sep 20, 2005
ODI
Debut:
Zimbabwe Vs West Indies at Kallang Ground, Singapore - Sep 02, 1999
Last played:
Zimbabwe Vs India at Harare Sports Club, Harare (Salisbury) - Jun 03, 2010
T20
Debut:
Zimbabwe Vs New Zealand at Providence Stadium, Guyana - May 04, 2010
Last played:
Zimbabwe Vs New Zealand at Providence Stadium, Guyana - May 04, 2010
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