A lanky fast bowler with good pace, Chris Mpofu has the height to trouble the very best batsmen when his control is up to scratch. That side of his game has improved in recent years, as has his willingness to use the crease to greater effect. He hails from the same southern part of the country as Heath Streak, and has learned much during the former captain's years as national bowling coach. Mpofu began playing the game after watching the 1999 World Cup, despite an absence of equipment - his backyard cricket relied on lemons, which created a focus on pace. "Lemons don't swing or cut or bounce, so it was pace or nothing," he has said. It was Streak's withdrawal along with his 'rebels' that gave Mpofu an early start in international cricket - he was just 19 when he played a one-day international against England in November 2004. He became a regular in the Test side soon after, and showed more promise than many of his hapless teammates prior to Zimbabwe's Test hiatus. A regular member of the one-day side during their Test absence, Mpofu's consistency has gradually improved and he is now their most experienced fast bowler. In 2006 he was forced to cut off his dreadlocks when Zimbabwe’s cricket bosses - prompted by the political leadership - threatened to drop cricketers who sported the hairstyle.