An all-rounder, Guy Whittall was a right-handed aggressive middle-order batsman and an effective right arm medium pace bowler. Originally selected for his batting, he developed into a useful seamer, combining away swing with nip off the pitch. He made his first-class debut at the age of 18, and his Test debut against Pakistan shortly afterwards.
He seemed to enjoy playing against Pakistan, making his first Test century in Zimbabwe’s first Test win at Harare
in 1995, and in 1998-99 completing a Test double hundred against them. His other highs included an unbeaten 188 against New Zealand in September 2000 and playing a key role in Zimbabwe’s successful 1999 World Cup squad.
Although he never took a 5 wicket haul, Whittall took over 50 Test wickets for Zimbabwe. His career best was 4/18 against England. His ODI career included three World Cups, and he did particularly well in 1999 as Zimbabwe made the final 6.
In March 2003, Whittall announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in order to concentrate on his family’s game-ranch business. He is also a professional hunter in Zimbabwe.