Sean Ervine Biography
Sean Michael Ervine is a Zimbabwean cricket player who currently plays for Hampshire.
He was born on 6 December 1982 in Harare, Zimbabwe and his role in the team is as an all-rounder who bowls right-arm medium pace and bats left-handed.
Cricket was in Ervine’s veins as his father Rory Ervine and uncle Neil Ervine were professional cricketers and played at domestic level.
He had started to grow as a player since his childhood when he used to play cricket under his father’s eyes. Later, he developed himself as a player at Bryden Primary School.
In 2001, Ervine had started playing for CFX Academy but his genuine debut in domestic cricket came when he played his first game for Midlands in 2002.
Generally, players play domestic cricket for several years before their international debut but Ervine made his international debut in the same year that he started playing domestic cricket.
He played his first game against England on 10 October 2001 which was an ODI. In his debut game, he bowled 7 overs and gave 54 runs but remained wicket-less, whereas batting in lower order he made 19 runs with a strike rate of 76.
In his second international game, he got run out unfortunately, but impressed everyone with his economical bowling. He gave just 27 runs in 7 overs.
Rise to Glory
Ervine was one of the 15 Zimbabwean cricketers who rebelled against the Zimbabwe Cricket Union during the period of politicisation of Zimbabwe Cricket.
That's why he did not play much international cricket, but he had got three half centuries in his last three Tests. He scored 53 against Australia, and 86 and 74 against Bangladesh.
After leaving his birthplace, he signed with Hampshire and rose to glory with the club. His consistent performances led the team to the final of the County Championship.
In 2005 C&G Cup, he scored two back to back centuries in semi-final and final and led his team to glory.
In 2009 County Championship, Ervine scored 832 runs at an average of 41.60 and helped the club to win the title. In 2010, Ervine got his highest score of 237 against Somerset which was the highest individual score by a Hampshire batsman coming below number 6.
Apart from Hampshire, He also played for Western Australia in the years of 2006 to 2008.
Overall, he has 11,256 runs (including 22 centuries) and 280 wickets in 225 first-class games whereas 5,598 runs and 206 wickets in 243 List-A fixtures.
He was a part of Duronto Rajshahi in 2012 edition of Bangladesh Premier League and in 2017 he played for Quetta Gladiators in Pakistan Super League.
Ervine has played only 5 Test Matches and 42 ODIs in his career. In Tests, he scored 261 runs at 32.62 and took 9 wickets as well. In ODIs, he has got 698 runs and 41 wickets to his name.
Owing to his dispute with Zimbabwe Cricket Union, Ervine had announced his retirement from international cricket on 15 May 2004 and now he is established as one of the most successful Hampshire players in English County Cricket.