Generally speaking, he is an inswinging bowler, with a good slow-arm bowling technique. Though his Test batting average lies at a mere 5.83 runs, he is sometimes used further up the order than his average suggests, in order to utilise some of the power his batting possesses in the hope of tiring the opposition with his swift shots and quick runs.
His stop-start international career can be separated into two distinct phases. After making a nervous debut as a 20-year-old on the 1996-97 Pakistan tour, he spent seven years as a fringe player, performing steadily but never quite making the most of his opportunities. Brent then allied himself with the 15 rebel players whose dispute with the Zimbabwe board lead to their dismissal in 2004, and it seemed that this had brought his international career to an end.
He received an unexpected recall during the Champions Trophy in India in 2006-07, however, beginning a second, productive phase during which he played the role of elder statesman and most experienced player in a weakened side. The added responsibility proved to be a boon for him, and in his first international season back in the side Brent picked up 19 wickets at an average of 20.31.