Alex Doolan, hailing from a cricketing lineage as the son of former Tasmania wicketkeeper and opener Bruce Doolan, is an elegant right-handed batsman. He marked his Test debut during the tour of South Africa in 2014. Notably, Doolan had previously faced the Proteas in a significant match, with his unbeaten 161 for Australia A against them at the SCG in 2012 earning him considerable attention from the national selection panel.
His impressive run in the 2012-13 season, including a total of 715 runs in the Sheffield Shield, was a significant stepping stone in his career. This remarkable performance followed tallies of 642, 554, and 415 runs in his first three full seasons for the Tasmanian cricket team.
Doolan’s brilliance was further demonstrated at the start of the 2013-14 season when he played a pivotal role in Tasmania’s pursuit of a challenging 295 runs against a New South Wales side that featured nine Australian representatives. His brilliant innings of 132 in that match showcased his potential.
In the wake of Australia’s Ashes victory, Doolan earned a place in the national squad for the tour of South Africa, where he made a notable contribution by scoring 89 runs in the first Test in Centurion.