Allan Donald
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"Allan Anthony Donald" is a former South Africa cricket team/South African cricketer and one of their most successful pace bowling (cricket)/bowlers.

In his prime, he was one of the best fast bowlers ever seen in Test cricket, reaching the top of the ICC Test rankings in 1998 and peaked with a top ICC ranking of 895 points the next year, the 25th best ranking ever. In ODIs, he reached 794 points in 1998, second place to his teammate Shaun Pollock, the 28th best ranking ever. In the early 1990s, he was arguably the only world-class bowler in the South African team, until the emergence of Pollock, with whom he made a healthy new-ball partnership from the 1996/1997 tour of India until his retirement in 2002.

He made his Test cricket/Test debut on 18 April 1992 in South Africa's first test since their return to world sport after the abolition of apartheid. South Africa lost to the West Indies cricket team/West Indies in Barbados by 52 runs, but Donald took 2–67 and 4–77, including the prized wicket of Brian Lara.

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Cricket South Africa did indicate they would try and get me more involved with the national team and give me more of a hands-on role.

I want to put the whole matter behind me, and carry on working with the high performance structures in South Africa.

I have a passion for being around international cricketers. I love being in the dressing room and I love dealing with players at the highest level.

But I'm passionate about being involved at the highest level of the game, whether it is with England or South Africa.

We must maintain the pace and pressure at both ends.

I have given much thought to the matter, and have withdrawn my application for the England bowling coach post.

That will do them a world of good. It's very difficult for a team on tour when they're not performing. They lost the two Tests, even though we competed and asked questions of the Australians, and there's been no consistency. But winning brings that and today might bring them the confidence they needed.

I have felt very frustrated and I would have hoped that my influence in the dressing room might have lifted some of the weight off the shoulders of the captain and coach.

There are times when you can get away with a chirp at the batsman and there are times when you should just be quiet. This was one of those times.