Bruce Dooland

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Bruce Dooland
Bruce Dooland of Notts.jpg
Personal information
Full name Bruce Dooland
Born 1 November 1923
Cowandilla, South Australia, Australia
Died 8 September 1980 (aged 56)
Bedford Park, South Australia, Australia
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Leg-break and googly
Role Bowling all-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 174) 1 Jan 1947 v England
Last Test 1 Jan 1948 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
1945–1958 South Australia
1953–1957 Nottinghamshire
Career statistics
Competition Test FC
Matches 3 214
Runs scored 76 7141
Batting average 19.00 24.37
100s/50s 0/0 4/41
Top score 29 115*
Balls bowled 880 52734
Wickets 9 1016
Bowling average 46.55 21.98
5 wickets in innings 0 84
10 wickets in match 0 23
Best bowling 4/69 8/20
Catches/stumpings 3/- 186/-
Source: CricketArchive, 14 January 2013

Bruce Dooland (1 November 1923 – 8 September 1980) was an Australian cricketer who played in three Tests for the Australian national cricket team during the late 1940s.

During the war Dooland was in an Australian Commando unit serving in the South Pacific.[1] After the war, he played Sheffield Shield cricket for South Australia and took the first post-war hat-trick in Australia. In 1946–47 he was called up for the Third Test in Melbourne against England and took 4/69 and 1/84. More importantly he held up one end while Colin McCool made his maiden Test century. He was kept for the Fourth Test in Melbourne and again defended stoutly while Keith Miller made his maiden Test century, but returned match figures of 3/198 and was dropped in favour of George Tribe. His Test career ended when, after Doug Ring and Colin McCool were preferred as the leg spin bowlers in the 1948 Australian touring party to England, he came to England to play in the Lancashire League and then qualified by residence to play for Nottinghamshire (Notts). In 1950-51 He toured India with the Commonwealth team.

The county team was at a low ebb and Dooland had the responsibility of being the first overseas import brought in specifically to strengthen the team. He played for them from 1953 to 1957, scoring 4,782 runs at an average of 24.52 and taking 770 wickets at 18.86. He completed the double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in a season twice and in another season missed it by only 30 runs. He took 16 for 83 in the match against Essex at Trent Bridge in 1954[2] and his total of 181 wickets for Nottinghamshire that season remains the club's record. Following his departure, Notts had their worst-ever period in terms of results.

Dooland played twice for the Players in the Gentlemen v Players match, and was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1955.

He also played baseball and was regarded as one of the best pitchers in his state, and represented Australia at baseball as well as cricket.


  1. ^ Cricketer magazine, August 1957, 28th edition.
  2. ^ Nottinghamshire v Essex 1954

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