ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 / Players / Alan Davidson
Full name Alan Keith Davidson
Born June 14, 1929, Lisarow, Gosford, New South Wales
Current age 87 years 285 days
Major teams Australia, New South Wales
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium
|Test debut||England v Australia at Nottingham, Jun 11-16, 1953 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Sydney, Feb 15-20, 1963 scorecard|
|First-class span||1949/50 - 1962/63|
Like his close friend and comrade Richie Benaud, Alan Davidson suddenly translated potential into performance when Australia toured South Africa in 1957-58. A left-arm paceman with a model approach and an economical action - summed up in the title of his autobiography Fifteen Paces - he took 72 wickets and scored four centuries on the trip. For the next five years, he would be the most menacing new-ball bowler of his day, not to mention a dangerous striker in the lower-middle order, and a versatile fielder at home in all positions. A martyr to injuries real and imagined, some of his best performances were reserved for moments when he seemed down and out: he took a broken finger into the 1960 Tied Test, and a bad back into the Ridge Test at Lord's the following year, yet made telling contributions to both.
- Big-hearted, broad-shouldered Davo (Nov 26, 2014)
- Where's the love for Davo? (Mar 1, 2013)
- Quick picks (Jun 10, 2012)
- 'The only way you learn to bowl is to bowl' (Jan 24, 2012)
- Davidson, Spofforth inducted into ICC Hall of Fame (Sep 12, 2011)
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1962
Stats highlights from the fourth day in Ranchi, where Cheteshwar Pujara batted for ages and the Australians toiled like they haven't had to in many years
For the third time this home season, the team took the lead after its opposition put up 400 batting first but the Ranchi effort was special
Also, which players have the most half-centuries without ever having made a hundred?
South Africa are set to play 14 Tests in nine months soon, so both fast bowlers, despite being sent home from New Zealand, should not lose hope
This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?
Under duress again, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim forged a match-winning partnership and contributed in the second innings to help Bangladesh create history