Full name Max Thomas Charles Waller
Born March 3, 1988, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Current age 28 years 121 days
Major teams Dorset, Gloucestershire 2nd XI, Somerset, Somerset 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Height 6 ft 0 in
Education Millfield School; Bournemouth University
|First-class debut||Sussex v Somerset at Hove, Jun 16-19, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Somerset v Warwickshire at Taunton, Jul 18-21, 2012 scorecard|
|List A debut||Kent v Somerset at Canterbury, May 16, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Kent v Somerset at Canterbury, Jun 14, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Glamorgan v Somerset at Cardiff, May 25, 2009 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Somerset v Gloucestershire at Taunton, Jul 1, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/35||Somerset||v Gloucs||Taunton||1 Jul 2016||T20|
|1/4||Somerset||v Middlesex||Lord's||23 Jun 2016||T20|
|4/33||Somerset||v Hampshire||Taunton||19 Jun 2016||T20|
|1/35, 5||Somerset||v Kent||Canterbury||14 Jun 2016||LA|
|1/18||Somerset||v Surrey||Taunton||10 Jun 2016||T20|
|0/17||Somerset||v Surrey||The Oval||8 Jun 2016||LA|
|1/17||Somerset||v Essex||Taunton||3 Jun 2016||T20|
|1/27, 3*||Somerset||v Sussex||Hove||1 Jun 2016||T20|
|1, 1/27||Smrst 2nd XI||v Middx 2nd XI||Taunton||26 May 2016||Other T20|
|5||Smrst 2nd XI||v Middx 2nd XI||Taunton||26 May 2016||Other T20|
Being a young wrist-spinner can be a daunting experience - especially with the short boundaries and batting-friendly surfaces at Taunton - but Max Waller has gained a reputation as something of a T20 specialist and, as of the end of 2015 was Somerset's second highest wicket taker in the history of the format.
Waller developed through the Somerset youth ranks and attended Millfield School where he eventually captained the first XI. He played a few games for Somerset's 2nd XI in 2007 and impressed enough to earn his first professional contract.
He broke into the Somerset first team in 2009, making his first-class debut at Hove and playing four Championship matches that season. He was rewarded with a new two-year contract and spent the winter of 2009-10 on the ECB Performance Programme. He attended Bournemouth University and combined his studies with working part time at a local golf club.
But with opportunities blocked by, at first, Michael Munday and then the likes of Murali Kartik, Abdur Rehman, George Dockrell, Jack Leach and Piyush Chawla, Waller has only played two Championship games since September 2009 - both in 2012. Resigned to the second team, he continued to perform well and was named Les Hatton second XI player of the year in 2011.
But in one-day cricket his opportunities have been greater, particularly in Twenty20 where he has a good record, took 4 for 16 against Warwickshire at Taunton in 2012 and is an excellent fielder. Throughout it all, he has retained a youthful countenance, so much so that at 25 he recorded on Twitter that he was "left spewing" when he was refused the purchase of a 15-certificate video until he could show some ID.
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