Today's Birthdays

one click shows all of today's celebrity birthdays

Browse All Birthdays

43,625    Actors
27,931    Actresses
4,867    Composers
7,058    Directors
842    Footballers
221    Racing drivers
925    Singers
9,111    Writers

Get FamousLikeMe on your website
One line of code gets FamousLikeMe on your website. Find out more.

Subscribe to Daily updates

Add to Google

privacy policy

Famous Like Me > Actor > H > Christopher Harris

Profile of Christopher Harris on Famous Like Me

Name: Christopher Harris  
Also Know As:
Date of Birth: 2nd August 1969
Place of Birth: Cozad, Nebraska, USA
Profession: Actor
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

Christopher Zinzan Harris (born 20 November 1969 in Christchurch) has become, over the course of the 1990s, a folk-hero in New Zealand cricket.

A fine left-handed middle-order batsman and deliverer of right-arm slow-medium deliveries, Harris has rescued the New Zealand team's batting on numerous occasions, and his deceptive looping bowling has often restricted the run rates of opposition batting line-ups.

In 1999, with his already formidable armory of subtle variations in pace, Chris Harris added a new ball to his repertoir: the extra slow delivery. This was to compliment his slow, medium-slow, slow orthodox, slow-medium, triple-bounce, and his arm ball deliveries (slower deliveries which did not move through the air or off the seam). In first-class cricket Harris has scored over 6000 runs at an average of over 45, including 12 centuries, and has taken over 120 wickets at 38. He has never been able to successfully make the step up to test cricket, however, and has been limited to just 23 tests, where his average with the bat was only around 20, and he has only taken 16 wickets at 73 runs apiece.

Harris's biggest contribution to the game, however, is in the one-day international arena. In 2004, Harris became the first New Zealand player to have played 250 ODIs, in a season in which he was also the first New Zealander to take 200 wickets, at an average of 37 and an economy rate of just 4.28. In these matches he also scored over 4300 runs at an average of 29 and has over 90 catches in the field. Harris also has a reputation for his abilities as a close fielder, achieving many run-outs with accurate throwing from positions such as square leg. He also currently holds the world record for the most caught and bowled dismissals in ODIs by a considerable distance.

Harris had been a genuine pace bowler - albeit a wayward one - as a junior cricketer, but decided, under the watchful eye of mentor John Bracewell, to sacrifice a few yards of pace for accuracy. "He took it too far," Bracewell was reported to have said, "When I said to take off a few yards of pace, I meant over the length of the pitch, not the length of a yard." His gentle looping swing bowling makes the batsman work hard, as the ball is less likely to speed to the boundary, and the deceptiveness of the ball's speed often leaves then attempting to play the ball too early. Harris's deliveries have been criticised for a lack of movement - a common charge levelled against many bowlers, but not, as in Harris's case, a lack of forward movement.

Unfortunately, Harris's performance in his 250th match was curtailed by a serious shoulder injury, and as of 2005 the future of his career is in some doubt. In his early post-shoulder injury games, he was forced to remove the medium slow from his repertoire, and was decidedly less effective. Performances for the New Zealand A side in September 2005 were more promising, however, with several very economical performances against Sri Lanka A.

Harris's father Zin Harris was also a New Zealand international player, and his brother Ben Harris has played at first-class level. All three of these player share the family traditional name of "Zinzan", also shared by a distant relation, former All Black Zinzan Brooke.

This content from Wikipedia is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article Christopher Harris