Eddo Brandes

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Eddo Brandes
Personal information
Full name Eddo André Brandes
Born (1963-03-05) 5 March 1963 (age 51)
Port Shepstone, Natal Province, South Africa
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm fast-medium
Role Bowler, now coach
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 2) 18 October 1992 v India
Last Test 8 December 1999 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 14) 10 October 1987 v New Zealand
Last ODI 18 December 1999 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Years Team
1994–1996 Mashonaland Country Districts
1996–2001 Mashonaland
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 10 59 60 126
Runs scored 121 404 1,151 1,173
Batting average 10.08 13.03 16.68 16.52
100s/50s 0/0 0/2 1/2 0/4
Top score 39 55 165* 55
Balls bowled 1,996 2,828 9,437 6,200
Wickets 26 70 179 164
Bowling average 36.57 32.37 28.60 28.19
5 wickets in innings 0 2 10 4
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 3/45 5/28 7/38 5/28
Catches/stumpings 4/– 11/– 28/– 23/–
Source: Cricinfo, 11 November 2009

Eddo André Brandes (born 5 March 1963) is a former Zimbabwean cricketer who played in 10 Tests and 59 ODIs from 1987 to 1999, spanning four World Cups. In the days when a number of Zimbabwe's players were amateurs with other full-time professions, Brandes was a chicken farmer.

He took a hat-trick in an ODI against England in January 1997 that is still regarded as the highest by total average of the batsmen dismissed.[1] Only two months short of his 34th birthday, he remains the oldest player to have taken an ODI hat-trick.

He gained fame for his noted and oft quoted exchange with Glenn McGrath, after McGrath gets frustrated at being unable to dismiss Brandes. The bowler asked: "Why are you so fat?" to which Brandes replied: "Because every time I make love to your wife she gives me a biscuit."[2] As of 2003 Brandes had moved to Australia to pursue a coaching career, and was formerly coaching the Sunshine Coast Scorchers who play in the XXXX Gold Brisbane Grade Competition. He now runs a tomato farm on the Sunshine Coast.[1]

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