Born at Skipton, Victoria, Australia in 1939, Alan Connolly was a right-arm fast medium bowler and right-handed lower order batsman. He represented his native Victoria 83 times between 1959/60 and 1970/71 and Australia in 29 Tests between 1964/65 and 1970/71. He toured abroad six times to England in 1964 and 1968, South Africa in 1969/70, India in 1964/65 and 1969/70 and New Zealand in 1966/67. He joined Middlesex in 1969 and played 44 times for the county until 1970/71 when he returned to Australia and retired with back trouble. During the 1969 season, he took 74 wickets (av. 23.24). His best bowling performance in first-class matches was 9 for 67 for Victoria versus Queensland at Brisbane in 1964/65.