Andrew McDonald is yet to play for South Australia after making the move from Victoria at the end of the 2012/13 season. Despite signing up for the Adelaide Strikers, he missed the most recent KFC T20 Big Bash League through injury.
McDonald had been a consistent performer for the Bushrangers throughout his career in Victoria. The 2006/07 season was one of his best. The all-rounder became just the fourth player in Australian first-class cricket to score over 750 runs and take 25 wickets in a season.
He backed it up with 545 runs at just under 50 to go with his 13 wickets. The consistent run of form bode well with the Australian selectors, who were looking for possible all-rounder candidates to step up for the Ashes.
McDonald was handed his Test debut in early 2009 against the Proteas at the SCG. After making 15 with the bat, McDonald picked up the wicket of Hashim Amla for 51.
On a 5th day wicket that resembled a Pompeian mosaic, McDonald was expected to trouble the South Africans with his stump to stump style of bowling.
It didn’t take long for him to strike, with Jacques Kallis offering a difficult caught and bowled chance. McDonald reacted speedily, diving low to the ground to snare the one-handed offering. He later trapped Dale Steyn LBW, before Mitchell Johnson returned to clean bowl the heroic Graeme Smith.
McDonald went on to play four Tests for Australia; all against South Africa. He picked up nine wickets, and shared in a 163 run partnership with Mitchell Johnson in his final match.
McDonald boasts a formidable first-class record that has seen him score 4573 runs and pick up 201 wickets. He also has a prolific career in T20 cricket, with 78 wickets and a best score of 96*.
McDonald’s accurate bowling, coupled with his solid technique with the bat make him an excellent acquisition for the Redbacks. Throw in his experience and leadership as well, and South Australia could be primed for a return to the top of Australian domestic cricket.