|Full name||Simon Patrick O'Donnell|
26 January 1963 |
Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Test debut (cap 329)||13–18 June 1985 v England|
|Last Test||22–26 November 1985 v New Zealand|
|ODI debut (cap 83)||6 January 1985 v West Indies|
|Last ODI||10 December 1991 v India|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricinfo, 18 January 2006|
O'Donnell played as an all-rounder for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield between 1984 and 1993, scoring a century in his first match. He went on to play 6 Test matches in 1985, 5 on the Ashes tour of England and one at home, but with a low bowling strike rate in 5 and 4 day cricket, he was more successful in the shorter form of the game.
Seen as a limited-overs specialist with clever medium pace bowling and explosive lower order hitting, he played 87 ODIs between 1985 and 1992, scoring 1242 runs and taking 108 wickets in his career. He played in Australia's 1987 World Cup Final victory and was a significant wicket-taker and finished the World cup as Australia's most economical bowler, but soon after he suffered severe pain that was diagnosed as non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
He recovered with treatment to return to the Australian One-Day team in the 1988–89 season and played 43 more limited-overs matches till 10 December 1991 and claimed 56 wickets and made 5 match winning 50 plus scores including the fastest half-century in One Day Internationals (18 balls v Sri Lanka, Sharjah, 1990, which lasted for 6 years until Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya scored 50 from 17 balls v Pakistan at Singapore on 7 April 1996), a record which still stands. O'Donnell maintained a very good batting strike rate of 80.96 runs per 100 balls in ODIs, almost double his scoring rate in Tests.
He was captain of Victoria for five seasons from 1988–89 until his retirement in 1993. This was a mixed period, which included a Sheffield Shield victory in 90–91, but Victoria also finished last in 1988–89, 1989–90 and 1992–93.
O'Donnell was voted international cricketer of the year in 1990-91.
|1||West Indies||12 February 1985||c & b Joel Garner||69||West Indies won by 7 wickets|
|2||Pakistan||24 February 1985||not out||74||Pakistan won by 62 runs|
|3||West Indies||20 January 1987||c Holding b Marshall||52||West Indies won by 7 wickets|
|4||Pakistan||3 April 1987||Run Out||54||Pakistan won by 6 wickets |
|5||Sri Lanka||26 December 1989||Not Out||57||Australia won by 30 runs |
|6||New Zealand||10 March 1990||Run Out||52||Australia won by 10 runs |
|7||Sri Lanka||2 May 1990||b Ramanayake||74||Australia won by 114 runs |
|8||New Zealand||11 December 1990||b Danny Morrison||66||Australia won by 39 runs |
|9||England||1 January 1991||Not Out||71||Australia won by 68 runs |
Australian rules football
As a junior, Simon played Australian rules football for Assumption College, Kilmore, where he kicked 100 goals in his senior year. This led to him being recruited for senior football by the St Kilda Football Club, where his father Kevin had played 49 games on a forward flank in the 1940s. Coincidentally, Kevin O'Donnell played alongside two more notable Australian cricketers; Sam Loxton and Keith Miller, members of the legendary 1948 Invincibles.
O'Donnell played 24 games and kicked 18 goals between 1982 and 1983 in what was then the VFL. However, he had continued to play cricket and retired from football to focus on his cricket career.
With the Nine Network, O'Donnell has been a commentator of cricket and now presents The Cricket Show. Having owned and managed race horses through his company, O'Donnell Thoroughbreds International, he is also used as an expert on horseracing on Nine's racing coverage.
- "winning without Test or tour.". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) (ACT: National Library of Australia). 12 February 1991. p. 20. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
- Benson & Hedges World Series Cup – 3rd final-Match Report
- Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket – 5th match – Report
- Benson & Hedges World Series Cup – 3rd match – Report
- Sharjah Cup – 2nd match – Report
- Benson & Hedges World Series – 1st match – Report
- Rothmans Cup Triangular Series – 6th match – Report
- Austral-Asia Cup – 2nd semi final – Match Report
- Benson & Hedges World Series – 6th match – Report
- Benson & Hedges World Series – 11th match – Report
- Benaud, Richie (1991). Border & Co: A Tribute To Cricket's World Champions. Hamlyn Australia. ISBN 0-947334-31-9.
- Simon O'Donnell's statistics from AFL Tables
- Simon O'Donnell's Cricinfo statistics
- Simon O'Donnell's ODI Howstat statistics
- Brydon Coverdale, "Australia's Winter Allrounders: XI Test Cricketers who played Australian Rules football at the highest level", Cricinfo, 28 May 2007
- Nine network's Cricket Show