Daniel Worrall
Personal information
Full nameDaniel James Worrall
Born (1991-07-10) 10 July 1991 (age 30)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 214)27 September 2016 v Ireland
Last ODI5 October 2016 v South Africa
Domestic team information
2012/13–presentSouth Australia
2014/15–2019/20Melbourne Stars
2020/21–presentAdelaide Strikers
Career statistics
Competition ODI FC LA T20
Matches 3 63 43 57
Runs scored 6 767 128 155
Batting average 12.57 10.66 14.09
100s/50s 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/1
Top score 6* 50 31* 62*
Balls bowled 158 13,158 2,161 1,166
Wickets 1 234 50 45
Bowling average 171.00 27.85 38.88 35.00
5 wickets in innings 0 9 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 1 0 0
Best bowling 1/43 7/64 5/62 4/23
Catches/stumpings 1/– 17/– 15/– 14/–
Source: Cricinfo, 31 December 2021

Daniel James Worrall (born 10 July 1991) is an Australian cricketer. He plays for South Australia in the Sheffield Shield competition and for the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League.[2] He was selected to play for the Australia A team for a series against South Africa A and India A played in Queensland, Australia in July and August 2016.


Early career (2012–2015)

Worrall started his career playing for Melbourne Cricket Club in Victorian Premier Cricket,[3] but he moved to Adelaide when he was offered a rookie contract with South Australia for the 2012–13 season.[2][4] He made his first-class debut against Queensland in 2012,[5] but he struggled to maintain a spot in the state side consistently for the next few years.[3]

Breakout and international career (2015–present)

Worrall's breakout came in the 2015–16 Sheffield Shield season and BBL|05. He recorded his first 5 wicket haul in first-class cricket when he took figures of 5/69 against Victoria in the first innings.[6] He followed this up in the second innings with three more wickets as the Redbacks went on to win by 8 wickets.[7] He made headlines at the end of BBL|05 when, after starting the season outside of the Melbourne Stars' squad, he was brought into the team because other members of the team's pace attack were called up to play for Australia.[8] In the final match of the regular season he took figures of 3/15 against the Perth Scorchers to help guarantee the Stars a home semi-final,[9] a performance that David Hussey described as "world-class".[10] He followed this up in the semi-final, also against the Scorchers, by taking 3/25 in another win.[11] His form continued to improve over the rest of the Sheffield Shield season, with career-best figures of 6/96 against Victoria in the Sheffield Shield final in the absence of fellow Redbacks fast bowler Chadd Sayers.[12] He finished the season as the second-highest wicket taker of the Sheffield Shield, with 44 wickets at an average of 26.18,[2] and as a result he was named by the South Australian Cricket Association as the most improved player for the 2015–16 season, having gone from a fringe member of the squad to one of the key members of the South Australian pace attack.[13]

Worrall's improvement warranted selection in the Australia A squad for a 2016 quadrangular series in northern Queensland,[14] during which he took figures of 4/26 against India A, his best figures in a List A match.[15] After the series, despite having only played 12 List A matches in his career, he was added to the Australian national squad for their tour of South Africa.[16] He made his ODI debut for Australia against Ireland on 27 September 2016.[17]

Worrall played for South Australia in the 2017–18 JLT One-Day Cup. Worrall opened the bowling against Victoria in the elimination final, bowling a wide on the first ball but recovering to then bowl Aaron Finch for a golden duck in the same over. He finished the match with figures of 5/62 as Victoria fell short of South Australia's score and they advanced through to the final.[18]

English County

In February 2018, Gloucestershire signed Worrall as their overseas player for the 2018 County Championship.[19] In 2019, he re-signed with Gloucestershire, ahead of the 2019 County Championship in England.[20] He returned to Gloucestershire for the 2021 season. He made his first appearance in the third game against Hampshire after missing the start of the season due to quarantine requirements.[21]

Bowling style

Worrall bowls a fast-medium pace[2] and makes use of swing in his bowling.[22] He has a distinctive angled run-up, one of the strangest in domestic Australian cricket.[10] He developed this run-up in his childhood, where there was an inconveniently placed tree in his backyard which made a direct approach to the crease impossible with the long run-up required for pace bowling.[10]


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  9. ^ Lavalette, Tristan (16 January 2016). "Stars quicks secure MCG semi-final". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Inc. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
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  11. ^ MacPherson, Will (22 January 2016). "Pietersen fifty guides Stars to the final". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Inc. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  12. ^ Brettig, Daniel (28 March 2016). "Victoria have the edge after Holland takes three". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Inc. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Mennie, Maddinson and Hartley rewarded". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Inc. 1 April 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Cummins set to return in Australia A series". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Inc. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  15. ^ "India A shot out for 55 in big defeat". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Inc. 13 August 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  16. ^ Coverdale, Brydon (6 September 2016). "Daniel Worrall emerges from left-field". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Inc. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  17. ^ "Australia tour of South Africa, Only ODI: Australia v Ireland at Benoni, Sep 27, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Sports Media. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
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  20. ^ "Change of season: the Australians heading to county cricket". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  21. ^ "Brexit paperwork delay leaves Graeme van Buuren in Gloucestershire limbo". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  22. ^ Ramsey, Andrew (26 September 2016). "Worrall's winding road to the big time". Cricket.com.au. Cricket Australia. Retrieved 29 November 2017.