Ervine burst on to the scene as a promising all-rounder for Zimbabwe and has now become an integral part of the Hampshire side.
He made his international debut against England in 2001, primarily as a lively medium-pace swing bowler who could bat a little down the order but, while injuries have limited his bowling, his batting has greatly improved.
A Test debut in 2003 followed, although arguably his best moment in international cricket came in the VB Series against India in 2003-04, when he struck a superb century and nearly pulled off an incredible run-chase at Adelaide.
He became one of many Zimbabwe players to retire from international cricket in 2004 and signed to play for Western Australia, before joining Hampshire in 2005.
Not classed as an overseas signing, Ervine struck a sensational 104 from just 93 balls in the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy final against Warwickshire at Lord's and earned himself the man-of-the-match award as Hampshire won.
He helped Hampshire win the Friends Provident Trophy in 2009 with some key contributions, including an unbeaten 167 off 140 balls against Ireland in the group stages - 10 short of Gordon Greenidge's county one-day record.
A key member of the Friends Provident t20-winning side in 2010, Ervine looked set to return to the international fold in 2011 for the World Cup, but had a late change of heart and remained at the club - where he has now passed 4,000 first-class runs and 250 wickets across all formats.
He was again a crucial member of Hampshire's team that won the Clydesdale Bank 40 and Friends Life t20 in 2012, becoming one of the county's most decorated players in the process.