Allan Donald

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Allan Donald
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Personal information
Full name Allan Anthony Donald
Born (1966-10-20) 20 October 1966 (age 51)
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State Province, South Africa
Nickname White Lightning
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right arm fast
Role Bowler, Coach
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 238) 18 April 1992 v West Indies
Last Test 24 February 2002 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 2) 10 November 1991 v India
Last ODI 27 February 2003 v Canada
ODI shirt no. 10
Domestic team information
Years Team
1985–2004 Orange Free State/Free State
1986–1987 Impalas
1987–2000 Warwickshire
2002 Worcestershire
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 72 164 316 458
Runs scored 652 95 2,785 544
Batting average 10.68 4.31 12.05 7.88
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0
Top score 37 13 55* 23*
Balls bowled 15,519 8,561 58,801 22,856
Wickets 330 272 1,216 684
Bowling average 22.25 21.78 22.76 21.84
5 wickets in innings 20 2 68 11
10 wickets in match 3 n/a 9 n/a
Best bowling 8/71 6/23 8/37 6/15
Catches/stumpings 18/– 28/– 115/– 74/–
Source: Cricinfo, 4 July 2009

Allan Anthony Donald (born 20 October 1966) is a former South African cricketer. Often nicknamed 'White Lightning', he is considered as one of the Proteas' most successful pace bowlers in world arena.

He was one of the top fast bowlers in Test cricket, reaching the top of the ICC Test rankings in 1998 and peaked with a top ICC ranking of 895 points the next year. In ODIs, he reached 794 points in 1998, ranked second behind teammate Shaun Pollock. He shared the new-ball with Pollock from the 1996/1997 tour of India until his retirement in 2002.

Domestic career

In English county cricket, Donald enjoyed a long and highly successful career with Warwickshire. He also played a single match for Worcestershire in 2002.

International career

A graph showing Donald's test career bowling statistics and how they have varied over time.

He made his Test debut on 18 April 1992 in South Africa's first test since their return to world sport after the abolition of apartheid. South Africa lost to the West Indies in Barbados by 52 runs. Donald took 2–67 and 4–77, including the wicket of Brian Lara. When he retired, he was South Africa's record wicket-taker with 330 Test wickets at an average of 22.25, and claimed 272 One Day International wickets at an average of 21.78. Both of these records have now been overtaken by Shaun Pollock.

In 1997 Donald "got involved in an incident that has since caused [him] a lot of grief", Donald was being hit around the park by Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in the finals of a one-day series. Donald says he got carried away and confronted Dravid face-to-face saying "This isn't such a fucking easy game". The TV cameras filmed close up shots of the incident, leading to accusations that he was a racist.[1]

During the Trent Bridge Test Match of 1998 South Africa batted first, scoring 374 in their first innings. England responded with 336, with Donald taking 5 wickets. In their second innings, South Africa only scored 208 leaving England a target of 247 to win the match. Michael Atherton was at the crease when Donald began a spell of bowling both would later describe in their respective autobiographies as one of the most intense periods of Test Match Cricket they ever played. Donald bowled multiple bouncers to Atherton, but he survived several close chances to remain not out at the end of the day. The next day Atherton along with Alec Stewart were able to score the remaining runs, with Atherton finishing on 98. Several years later, Atherton gave Donald the gloves he wore on this occasion for Donald's benefit year auction.[2]

In the 1999 Cricket World Cup semi-final between South Africa and Australia Donald was the last batsman on the South African team.[3] Australia batting first making only 213, Donald taking 4–32 and Pollock 5–36. The game swung back and forth with South Africa eventually needing to score 16 runs off the last 8 balls to win with only one wicket remaining. Lance Klusener and Allan Donald were at the crease. Klusner hit a six and then a single to keep the strike, followed by two fours. The scores were level with four balls left in the game. The next ball resulted in no run. Klusner hit the ball after that straight down the ground and set off for a single, but Donald was watching the ball, and missed the call to run. Both batsmen were at the bowler's end before Donald started running, having dropped his bat. The ball was thrown to the bowler, then to Gilchrist, who broke the stumps at the other end, with Donald only halfway down the pitch. Although the match technically ended in a tie, South Africa had previously lost to Australia in the Super-Six phase, and needed to win outright to progress to the final.

After retirement

Having retired from playing, he now commentates for South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC) in their coverage of South Africa's home Tests, alongside former teammate Daryll Cullinan. In May 2007, Allan Donald was appointed as a temporary bowling consultant for the England cricket team. His involvement impressed many, and was praised by several players. Donald's original brief contract was extended until September 2007. Donald decided not to continue with his coaching role at the end of September 2007 citing the strain of touring and his wish to be with his family.[4] Donald was a coach at Warwickshire County Cricket Club, and in partnership with fellow coach Ashley Giles helped the county to win the Second Division of the County Championship in 2008.

Donald coached the reigning domestic champions, Mountaineers, (a franchise team) in Zimbabwe [5] and is the bowling coach for the New Zealand cricket team for the ODI series against Pakistan and the 2011 Cricket World Cup.[6] New Zealand team beat South Africa in the semifinal match of the World Cup.

In July 2011, Allan Donald was drafted into Gary Kirsten's coaching team as bowling coach to the South African cricket team. Kirsten left his post in May 2013, and Russell Domingo was appointed as his replacement. Donald was the bowling coach of South Africa, under head-coach Domingo, he has since been replaced by Charl Langeveldt. Donald is also the coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise in the Indian Premier League.[7]

On 30 April 2017, Sri Lanka hired Donald as bowling consultant for Champions Trophy.[8]Donald said that his endeavour was to play an "inspirational role" and he would be working closely with the squad to assess their individual goals, health condition and personalities. He will work alongside Sri Lanka head coach Graham Ford, a fellow South African,[9]

International record

He has taken 20 Test and 2 ODI five-wickets hauls along with 3 Test tenfers.

Test 10 Wicket hauls

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 12/139 4  India St George's Park Port Elizabeth South Africa 1992
2 11/113 20  Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club Harare Zimbabwe 1995
3 11/127 57  England New Wanderers Stadium Johannesburg South Africa 1999

International awards

One Day International Cricket

Man of the Match awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 India Eden Gardens, Kolkata 10 November 1991 DNB ; 8.4-0-29-5  India won by 3 wickets.[10]
2 New Zealand WACA Ground, Perth 14 January 1994 8.2-3-15-3 ; DNB  South Africa won by 5 wickets.[11]
3 England Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban 17 January 1996 10-0-41-4 ; DNB  South Africa won by 5 wickets.[12]
4 Kenya Gymkhana Club Ground, Nairobi 3 October 1996 DNB ; 9-0-23-6  South Africa won by 202 runs.[13]
5 Australia Nahar Singh Stadium, Faridabad 25 October 1996 8.3-0-31-4 ; DNB  India won by 2 wickets.[14]
6 Australia WACA Ground, Perth 18 January 1998 9.2-0-29-4, 1 Ct. ; DNB  South Africa won by 7 wickets.[15]
7 Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 23 January 1998 DNB ; 10-0-36-3  South Africa won by 6 runs.[16]
8 West Indies National Stadium, St. George's 6 May 2001 9.3-1-38-4, 1 Ct. ; DNB  South Africa won by 8 wickets.[17]
9 Pakistan National Cricket Stadium, Tangier 18 August 2002 DNB ; 9.3-0-43-4  South Africa won by 8 runs.[18]


  1. ^ Allan Donald (1999). White Lightning. CollinsWillow. 
  2. ^ Cricinfo report
  3. ^ The greatest one-day match
  4. ^ Donald gives up England team role,
  5. ^ "Allan Donald to coach Mountaineers". ESPN Cricinfo. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Donald to join New Zealand as bowling coach". ESPN Cricinfo. 17 January 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "Allan Donald joins Pune as bowling coach". Daily News and Analysis. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Sri Lanka rope in Donald as bowling consultant for Champions Trophy". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  9. ^ "Sri Lanka can win Champions Trophy, says Donald | IOL". Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  10. ^ "1991-1992 India v South Africa - 1st Match - Kolkata". 
  11. ^ "1993-1994 Benson & Hedges World Series - 10th Match - New Zealand v South Africa - Perth". 
  12. ^ "1995-1996 South Africa v England - 5th Match - Durban". 
  13. ^ "1996-1997 KCA Centenary Tournament - 5th Match - Kenya v South Africa - Nairobi". 
  14. ^ "1996-1997 Titan Cup - 5th Match - Australia v South Africa - Faridabad". 
  15. ^ "1997-1998 Carlton & United Series - 11th Match - Australia v South Africa - Perth". 
  16. ^ "1997-1998 Carlton & United Series - 1st Final - Australia v South Africa - Melbourne". 
  17. ^ "2000-2001 West Indies v South Africa - 4th Match - St. George's, Grenada". 
  18. ^ "2002-2003 Morocco Cup - 5th Match - South Africa v Pakistan - Tangier". 

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