Sean Ervine

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Sean Ervine
Sean Ervine (right) and Dominic Cork hold aloft the 2009 Friends Provident Trophy
Personal information
Full name Sean Michael Ervine
Born (1982-12-06) 6 December 1982 (age 33)
Harare, Zimbabwe
Nickname "Siuc", "Slug"
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right arm medium
Role All-rounder
Relations Rory Ervine (father)
Neil Ervine (uncle)
Craig Ervine (brother)
Ryan Ervine
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 57) 22 May, 2003 v England
Last Test 1 March, 2004 v Bangladesh
ODI debut (cap 67) 10 October, 2001 v England
Last ODI 14 March, 2004 v Bangladesh
Domestic team information
Years Team
2001 CFX Academy
2002–2004 Midlands
2005–present Hampshire (squad no. 7)
2006–2008 Western Australia
2010 Southern Rocks
2010 Mountaineers
2011–2013 Matabeleland Tuskers
2012 Duronto Rajshahi
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 5 42 195 230
Runs scored 261 698 9,438 5,267
Batting average 32.62 25.85 35.48 30.44
100s/50s 0/3 1/2 17/48 7/24
Top score 86 100 237* 167*
Balls bowled 570 1,649 19,128 7,393
Wickets 9 41 270 203
Bowling average 43.11 38.07 41.73 34.05
5 wickets in innings 0 0 5 2
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 n/a
Best bowling 4/146 3/29 6/82 5/50
Catches/stumpings 7/– 5/– 168/– 64/–
Source: cricinfo, 31 August, 2014

Sean Michael Ervine (born 6 December 1982 in Harare, Zimbabwe) is a Zimbabwean cricketer. Ervine is a left-handed batsman who bowls right-arm medium pace.

He played in the 2003 World Cup but became one of the cricketers who rebelled against the Zimbabwe Cricket Union and a left the country in May 2004 for a new life in Australia. He subsequently made his way to England settled with Hampshire and forged a very successful county career signing a contract until the end of 2016.

Domestic career[edit]

Ervine originally played for the Midlands cricket team in Zimbabwe.

Ervine was one of several cricketers in dispute with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union in 2004, and he left the country to play for Hampshire in England and for Western Australia. Ervine declared that he would not return to play for Zimbabwe and following excellent form for Hampshire from 2005, and some recent breakthroughs for Western Australia, Ervine announced that he would seek to qualify for either English or Australian international representation.[1] Ervine currently holds an Irish passport and therefore does not count as an overseas player in English county cricket.[2]

During the 2009 County Championship season Ervine scored 832 runs at an average of 41.60, making him Hampshire's fourth highest run scorer in the competition.[3][4] In the 2009 Friends Provident Trophy, Ervine scored his highest List-A score of 167* against Ireland. Ervine was later a member of Hampshire's winning squad in the final as they defeated Sussex by 6 wickets.

In February 2010, Ervine returned to the Zimbabwean domestic circuit with the Southern Rocks. On debut against the Mid West Rhinos, Ervine made scores of 208 and 160; scores which were his two highest in first-class cricket.[5] He scored 237* against Somerset for Hampshire coming in at number 7 in the order later in 2010.

International career[edit]

Ervine made his debut for Zimbabwe in October 2001 in a One Day International against England. He was member of the 2003 World Cup squad and an ever-present during the England tour later that year, he had begun to show signs that he was maturing into a genuine international player with his last three Test innings all half-centuries 53 against Australia, and 86 and 74 against Bangladesh.

He also played 42 one-day internationals, aggregating 698 runs at nearly 26, and taking 41 wickets. Arguably his best moment in international cricket came in the VB Series against India in 2003/04 when he struck a superb 100 and nearly pulled off an incredible run-chase at Adelaide Oval.[6]

But he was one of the 15 rebel cricketers in dispute with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union[7] and in May 2004 he slipped out of Zimbabwe to start a new life in Australia.[8][9][10]

It seemed he would make an unlikely comeback for Zimbabwe at the 2011 World Cup when he was named in their squad for the tournament. But weeks before the team departed for India, Ervine re-thought his decision and pulled out opting for the safety of a county contract rather the uncertainty that would come with returning to the country of his birth.[11][12]


Ervine's brother, Craig Ervine is also a Test cricketer who plays first-class cricket for Midlands, Southern Rocks.

ODI Century[edit]

Sean Ervine's ODI Centuries[13]
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 100 26  India Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2004 Lost


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