Percy McDonnell

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Percy McDonnell
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Personal information
Full name Percy Stanislaus McDonnell
Born (1860-11-13)13 November 1860
Kensington, London, England
Died 24 September 1896(1896-09-24) (aged 35)
South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Batting style Right-hand
Bowling style
Role Opening batsman
Domestic team information
Years Team
1878–1884 Victoria
1885–1892 New South Wales
1894–1895 Queensland
Career statistics
Competition Tests FC
Matches 19 166
Runs scored 950 6470
Batting average 28.78 23.52
100s/50s 3/2 7/24
Top score 147 239
Balls bowled 52 400
Wickets 0 2
Bowling average n/a 123.50
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling n/a 1/7
Catches/stumpings 6/0 99/0
Source: [1], 29 February 2008

Percy Stanislaus McDonnell (13 November 1860 – 24 September 1896[1]) was an Australian cricketer who captained the Australian Test team in six matches, including the tour of England in 1888.[2]

McDonnell was an attacking batsman and his averages are among the very best of his era. His top Test score of 147[3] was made in a partnership of 199 with Alick Bannerman at the SCG when the other 9 batsman in the team contributed 29 to the team score.[4]

In 1886/7, McDonnell became the first Test captain ever to win the toss and elect to field. He had mixed results. England were dismissed for just 45, but nonetheless managed to win the match.[5]

McDonnell died of cardiac failure[1] aged 35 and is buried at Brisbane's Toowong Cemetery.[6]