Simon O'Donnell

Australia|Bowling Allrounder
Simon O'Donnell
INTL CAREER: 1985 - 1991
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Full Name

Simon Patrick O'Donnell

Born

January 26, 1963, Deniliquin, New South Wales

Age

59y 251d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Fast medium

Playing Role

Bowling Allrounder

RELATIONS

Other

Commentator

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)

Career Averages
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test61094050463/374/11484.003.21156.6000
ODI8787435031021085/135/1328.724.2740.2510
FC831164756421516/5437.362.9077.120
List A116582740921265/135/1332.474.2146.2510
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test61032064829.4247143.730019340
ODI876415124274*25.34153480.9609220
FC8313316460313039.34731600
List A1168918178474*25.12012270
Simon Patrick O'Donnell
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