Tom O’Donnell’s cricketing journey is steeped in family tradition, being the son of former Australia all-rounder Simon O’Donnell. His emergence as a young cricket talent occurred during the 2015-16 season, attracting the attention of both the Melbourne Renegades and the Victorian Bushrangers, who rewarded him with a rookie contract during BBL|05 and for the subsequent 2016-17 season.
Tom’s dedication to honing his skills led him to join the National Performance Squad, which traveled to Sri Lanka as part of the preparations for Australia’s Test tour in 2016. During this time, he had the valuable opportunity to learn from the experiences of fellow left-arm fast-bowler, Mitchell Starc. Interestingly, Tom’s bowling action bears a resemblance to Starc’s, which holds promise for his future prospects in the sport. If he continues to develop at his current impressive rate, Tom O’Donnell could find himself sharing the field with his cricketing idol in the near future.