• Donald recalls being at his peak

    Former Proteas fast bowler Allan Donald has highlighted 1995 has a particularly impressive year in an international career that spanned a decade.

    Donald’s professional playing career featured key stints with Warwickshire in county cricket, one of which was in 1995, prior to West Indies batsman Brian Lara’s return.

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    ‘I was fired up because they had said they were bringing Lara back in ’96, so I wanted to really show them what I could do in my last season for the Bears. That was extra motivation. I think that year was probably my peak. I really understood my game, was streetwise and mentally 100 percent,’ Donald told Warwickshire’s website.

    ‘I also felt physically very strong. At the time I was playing pretty much 12 months a year in England and South Africa and had been getting to the end of each season pretty much cooked.

    ‘So, a strength and conditioning coach in Bloemfontein had devised a programme to conserve my energies a little bit, so that I regained my strength and fitness at the back end. It worked really well.’

    Donald was recently voted Warwickshire’s Greatest Ever Overseas Player. He received 48% of the votes in a poll that also included West Indian trio Rohan Kanhai, Alvin Kallicharran and Brian Lara and New Zealand spinner Jeetan Patel.

    He was the head coach of South Africa in the recent Over-50 World Cup and will work with the Knights franchise during the 2020-21 season.

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