Craig Ervine

Zimbabwe
Age
August 19, 1985 (36 years)
Role
Batsman
Birth Place
Harare
Batting Style
Left Handed
Nationality
Zimbabwe
Bowling Style
Off break

With his old-fashioned virtue of consistency, left-handed middle-order batsman Craig Ervine has been a constant feature of Zimbabwe cricket over the last decade. The 34-year-old surely has many more cricketing years left to devote to the Zimbabwe team. 

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
46
78
-
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

Zimbabwe, Midlands, Matabeleland Tuskers, Southern Rocks, Zimbabwe A, Zimbabwe Inv XI, Zimbabwe Under-19, Zimbabwe XI

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
91
88
10
2478
130*
31.77
3310
74.86
3
15
225
34
T20I
26
25
1
536
68*
22.33
525
102.1
0
3
51
14
Test
18
36
2
1208
160
35.53
2455
49.21
3
5
139
11
IPL
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
91
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
T20I
26
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
18
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

Test Career

Ervine had innings of 6 and 35 not out in his first Test match at Harare against Bangladesh in August 2011, helping Zimbabwe win the game by 130 runs. Since then, he was having a consistent run of good scores until he got his first Test ton (146) against New Zealand at Bulawayo in August 2016. However, that innings came in a lost game as New Zealand won by 254 runs. In November 2016, against Sri Lanka at Harare, Ervine registered scores of 64 and 72, in another lost match for Zimbabwe which Sri Lanka ended up winning by 257 runs. In July 2017, on the Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka, Ervine made his highest Test score of 160, helping Zimbabwe to the first innings score of 356. However, Sri Lanka managed to chase down the target of 388 set by Zimbabwe with four wickets to spare. In his last Test match played against Bangladesh at Dhaka in February 2020, Ervine helped himself to another ton, scoring 107 runs out of the Zimbabwe first innings score of 265, in a match that, nevertheless, ended in an innings win for Bangladesh. In 18 Test matches, Ervine has scored 1208 runs at an average of 35.52 with three tons, including the highest score of 160.

ODI Career

Ervine had a brilliant start to his ODI career with a score of 60 in his first match against India in May 2010 to help his side chase down a target of 286. During the 2011 World Cup, playing against Canada at Nagpur in India, Ervine scored 85 to help Zimbabwe post a match-winning score of 298/9. Canada were bowled out for 123, leaving Zimbabwe the winners by a wide margin. During the knock, Ervine was involved in a 181-run stand for the third wicket with T Taibu. In February 2013, Ervine made a score of 80 against the West Indies at St George’s to help Zimbabwe mount a score of 273/8. However, the West Indies managed to chase down the target with an over to spare. In his last appearance in ODIs in July 2019, Ervine had a brilliant series against Ireland, including innings of 105 at Bready and 43 at Belfast. In 93 ODIs, Ervine has scored 2571 runs at 32.54 with three tons, including the highest of 130 not out.

T20I Career

In Ervine’s first T20I match held in May 2010 at Providence against Sri Lanka, which was disrupted by rain, the batsman did not get to bat. In his T20I career since then, Ervine has made a consistent run of scores, including 30 versus India at Harare in June 2010, 37 versus Sri Lanka at Hambantota in September 2012, 34 against the West Indies at North Sound in March 2013 and 42 against New Zealand at Harare in August 2015. The batsman got his first T20I half-century (59) against the Netherlands at Rotterdam in June 2019, though in a match the hosts won. In July 2019, he scored 68 not out against Ireland at Bready to help Zimbabwe win the game. In his last match held in March 2020 against Bangladesh in Dhaka, Ervine scored 29 in a game that Zimbabwe lost. In 24 T20I matches, Ervine has scored 498 runs at an average of 22.63 with the highest score of 68 not out.