Full name Simon Patrick O'Donnell
Born January 26, 1963, Deniliquin, New South Wales
Current age 52 years 306 days
Major teams Australia, Northumberland, Victoria
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|Test debut||England v Australia at Leeds, Jun 13-18, 1985 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v New Zealand at Sydney, Nov 22-26, 1985 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v West Indies at Melbourne, Jan 6, 1985 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v India at Hobart, Dec 10, 1991 scorecard|
|First-class span||1983/84 - 1992/93|
|List A span||1984/85 - 1992/93|
Multi-talented athlete Simon O'Donnell ended a promising Australian Rules football career to focus on cricket. He went on to become a valuable all-rounder in the Australian one-day team, and was a member of the side when it marked its resurgence with a surprise World Cup win in 1987. O'Donnell the cricketer is most keenly remembered for a number of explosive innings in Australia's middle-lower order. His clean, powerful drives straight of the wicket and through mid-on were particularly effective. His feats included an 18-ball half-century against Sri Lanka in 1990, which remained the fastest 50 scored in ODI cricket for almost six years. However, O'Donnell's intelligent fast-medium bowling often proved to be more pivotal in Australia's one-day fortunes. In the 1987 World Cup he had limited impact with the bat but was a significant wicket-taker and finished the tournament as Australia's most economical bowler.
O'Donnell was diagnosed with cancer at the end of the tournament. He made a strong recovery and returned to one-day international cricket from 1988-89.
Since his retirement from cricket, O'Donnell has become a member of the Nine Network's commentary team, and is the regular host of The Cricket Show, which airs during the lunch breaks of Tests in Australia.
Anthony Fallick (June 2002)
One home advantage is not better or worse than the other, but this pitch had variable turn, bounce and pace to go with the fact that pitches that turn from ball one get worse with time
With India playing most of their Test cricket at home over the next 18 months, they will have to choose between their two quickest bowlers most of the time. A tricky choice, given Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav's hit or miss tendencies
How Ross Taylor reconciled with New Zealand cricket and made the highest score by a visiting batsman in Australia
Plus: most runs in a Test by a New Zealander, and c&b by the same bowler twice in a Test
Stats highlights from the second day's play in Nagpur, where South Africa collapsed to their lowest total since their return to Test cricket
It refuses to let India play Pakistan there, but hasn't been forthcoming with reasons why
India faced strong resistance from Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis on the third day, but R Ashwin, aided by a treacherous pitch, proved too relentless for them
In the last four years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of draws and big runs down under