Andrew McDonald’s career has been synonymous with success so it is no surprise he has emerged as one of cricket’s most respected contemporary coaches.
As an outstanding top order bat and crafty seam bowler, ‘Ronnie’ was consistently a vital cog in a sustained period of success for the Victorian Bushrangers throughout his career, highlighted by a ‘player of the year’ award in 2006/07 when he became only the fifth player ever to score 750 runs and take 25 wickets.
The playing highlight of his career was his four Test Matches for Australia, in particular being a member of Australia’s unexpected Test series win against South Africa in South Africa in 2009. A personal Test high score of 68 backed up with economical, partnership breaking bowling highlighted Ron’s contribution to one of the Aussies best recent series wins.
When Ronnie renewed his links with Leicestershire to become that County’s coach in late 2014, his monumental task was to resurrect a club that had not won a Championship match for more than two years. Under his guidance by 2016 Leicestershire were not only back playing competitive cricket, they were in contention for elevation back to the County First Division.
In 2016 he was appointed as Head Coach of the Victorian Bushrangers, leading them to the Sheffield Shield title in his first season. At the same time he assumed the reigns of the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League and is looking forward to the task of taking them to their first finals series in 2017/18.
The good judges are confident his coaching trajectory will one day – maybe not that far away – see him in international ranks.
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