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Full name Max Thomas Charles Waller
Born March 3, 1988, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Current age 26 years 264 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||Somerset v Yorkshire at Taunton, Aug 15, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Glamorgan v Somerset at Cardiff, May 25, 2009 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Surrey v Somerset at The Oval, Jul 16, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|61, 1/33, 10*||Smrst 2nd XI||v Yorks 2nd XI||Taunton||16 Sep 2014||Other|
|1/0, 62, 0/4, 11||Smrst 2nd XI||v Sussx 2nd XI||Woodman Cote||1 Sep 2014||Other|
|-||Smrst 2nd XI||v Hants 2nd XI||Taunton||14 Aug 2014||Other OD|
|16, 0/5||Smrst 2nd XI||v Hants 2nd XI||Taunton||11 Aug 2014||Other|
|67, 3/22||Smrst 2nd XI||v Glouc 2nd XI||Taunton||7 Aug 2014||Other OD|
|1, 2/24||Somerset||v Surrey||The Oval||16 Jul 2014||T20|
|0/27||Somerset||v Gloucs||Taunton||11 Jul 2014||T20|
|36, 0/17, 68||Smrst 2nd XI||v Nthants 2nd||Milton Keynes||8 Jul 2014||Other|
|3/44, 39||Smrst 2nd XI||v Nthants 2nd||Milton Keynes||7 Jul 2014||Other OD|
|1/27||Somerset||v Hampshire||Southampton||6 Jul 2014||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 2014, is 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. A year later he played nine 40-over and 10 20-over matches with economical performances in both formats and 11 wickets at 25.63 in T20.
He did not play a List A game in 2014, though, and with Rehman returning to the club in 2015, might struggle for further opportunities.
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