|Full name||Gary Bazil Brent|
13 January 1976 |
|Batting style||Right-handed bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium-fast|
|Relations||JP Brent (uncle)|
|Test debut (cap 42)||18 November 1999 v Sri Lanka|
|Last Test||27 December 2001 v Sri Lanka|
|ODI debut (cap 46)||30 October 1996 v Pakistan|
|Last ODI||2 February 2008 v Pakistan|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: CricketArchive, 27 September 2008|
Brent 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, to utilise some of the power his batting possesses in the hope of tiring the opposition with his swift shots and quick runs. His bowling average, however, often hovers around the low-30s, though it can at times fluctuate greatly.
Having missed the cut for the 2003 Cricket World Cup, he made the squad for the 2003/04 tour in Australia. Brent was one of the fifteen "rebel" players who were dismissed in 2004 due to a dispute with the Zimbabwean Cricket Board.
Brent was a surprise call-up during the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy, replacing the injured Terrence Duffin. He played just the one match, but proved useful, taking 1/28 from seven overs, and adding ten with the bat as part of the Zimbabwean total of 130.
In the first ODI against South Africa, he equal top scored with a defiant 59 after his team was reduced to 72–7. He won the man of the match award, after a good bowling performance as well.
He has been selected for the tour to Bangladesh, starting in late November 2007.
Having spent two seasons as cricket professional at Rugby School in Warwickshire, he returned to native Zimbabwe in September 2010 to take up a coaching job for one of the country's regional youth sides.
He is now coaching cricket at the York Cricket Academy in York.