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. 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. He 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.
Mpofu had a fine World Cup 2011 performance, with 7 wickets at an average of 22.71 from 4 matches and eased into a more senior role for Zimbabwe. Furthermore, he found a new-ball partner with Ray Price and created a new celebration jig with him as any one of them got a wicket.