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,
South Africa
Nickname White Lightning
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm fast
Role Bowler
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
1985/86–2003/04 Orange Free State/
Free State
1985/86–1986/87 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 0 9 0
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 who is now a cricket coach. 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. Since retiring Donald has been a coach with a number of teams, including international sides. As of 2018 he is currently the Assistant Coach at Kent County Cricket Club in England.

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 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 was replaced by Charl Langeveldt. Donald was also the bowling coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.[7]

Donald was appointed Assistant Coach at Kent County Cricket Club in early 2017. He was expected to join the county at the start of the 2017 season but was denied a work permit as he did not, at the time, hold a suitable coaching qualification.[8] As a result, in April 2017, Sri Lanka hired Donald as bowling consultant for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017[9] and Donald did not work with Kent during the 2017 season. He was successful in obtaining his Level 3 coaching qualification during 2017 and formally joined Kent in early 2018, leading the team during the 2017–18 Regional Super50 competition ahead of the 2018 English season.[10][11]

References

  1. ^ Allan Donald (1999). White Lightning. CollinsWillow. 
  2. ^ Cricinfo report
  3. ^ The greatest one-day match
  4. ^ Donald gives up England team role, BBC.co.uk
  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. ^ Fordham J (2018) Allan Donald starts role as Kent Cricket assistant coach after being granted UK work permit, Kent Online, 2018-01-31. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  9. ^ "Sri Lanka rope in Donald as bowling consultant for Champions Trophy". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  10. ^ Fordham J (2018) Kent Cricket head coach Matt Walker talks about being in Australia with the England T20 squad, Kent Online, 2018-02-02. Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  11. ^ Gardner A (2018) Kent enjoy Caribbean success after difficult winter, ESPN, 2018-02-21. Retrieved 2018-02-22.

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