Andrew McDonald Biography
Andrew McDonald is an all-rounder cricketer from Australia was born on 15 June, 1981. There are very few fast bowling all-rounders that have made a name for themselves and Andrew is one of them. Standing over six feet and four inches tall, McDonald is known as ‘Ronnie’ to his teammates.
McDonald started his professional career in first class cricket playing for Victoria in 2001-02 season. A finger injury saw him sitting on the bench for most of the matches in the next two seasons.
However, he returned with a bang in the 2006-07 season, becoming the fifth player in Australia’s history to record more than 750 runs and take 25 wickets in the Sheffield Shield/Pura Cup.
As a result, he was a part of the 30-member preliminary squad for the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup as well as 2007 ICC World Twenty20. However, he wasn’t given a chance to play.
Andrew was handed the test cap in the third Test against South Africa in 2009 at the age of 28. He took the important wicket of Hashim Amla but contributed only 15 runs with the bat.
McDonald was selected for the away series against South Africa, where he contributed with 6 wickets in the series. He also scored 68 runs in the second innings of the third test, but couldn’t prevent his side from the losing the match.
His performance earned him a ticket for the Ashes tour, but he did not play any of the matches. With age not on his side, the selectors did not invest him again and he was not included in the squad after that.
Rise to Glory
Although Andrew never played for Australia again, he played consistently well in the domestic circuit. In the 2009-2010 season, he was the star of his team. He scalped 28 wickets and contributed 433 runs with the bat, helping his team to win the Sheffield Shield.
He continued to perform well in first class cricket in the following seasons as well. As a result of his brilliant stats in first class cricket, he was bought by Delhi Daredevils to play in the Indian Premier League in 2009 for $80,000.
The handy all-rounder has played for many clubs in his career. Mcdonald has played for Melbourne Renegades, Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash league during his professional career.
He played for Leicestershire in the English county cricket in 2010-2011 and was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the 2012-13 season.
Andrew McDonald ended his first-class career playing for South Australia in 2014, at the age of 33. He played his last T-20 match for Sydney Thunder in 2016.
McDonald is currently the coach of Melbourne Renegades in Big Bash league as well as Victoria in the Australian domestic circuit.