Full name James Patrick Maher
Born February 27, 1974, Innisfail, Queensland
Current age 42 years 153 days
Major teams Australia, Durham, Glamorgan, Hyderabad Heroes, ICL World XI, Queensland
Nickname Mahbo, Rock, Marzo
Playing role Opening batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Fielding position Occasional wicketkeeper
Height 1.82 m
Education St Michael, Gordonvale; St Francis Xavier Primary; St Augustine College, Cairns; Nudgee College
|ODI debut||Australia v New Zealand at Sydney, Jan 14, 1998 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v New Zealand at Guwahati, Nov 9, 2003 scorecard|
|Last First-class||South Australia v Queensland at Adelaide, Feb 29-Mar 3, 2008 scorecard|
|List A debut||1993/94|
|Last List A||Queensland v Western Australia at Brisbane, Feb 16, 2008 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Queensland v Tasmania at Brisbane, Jan 6, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Queensland v Tasmania at Brisbane, Jan 10, 2008 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|34*||Aus Masters||v NZ Masters||Hamilton||24 Feb 2011||Other T20|
|5||ICL Hyd||v Lahore||Ahmedabad||16 Nov 2008||Other T20|
|56||ICL Hyd||v Lahore||Ahmedabad||15 Nov 2008||Other T20|
|45||ICL Hyd||v Lahore||Ahmedabad||13 Nov 2008||Other T20|
|14||ICL Hyd||v Bengal||Ahmedabad||11 Nov 2008||Other T20|
|19||ICL Hyd||v ICL Mumbai||Panchkula||6 Nov 2008||Other T20|
|4||ICL Hyd||v Delhi Giants||Panchkula||1 Nov 2008||Other T20|
|3||ICL Hyd||v Ahmedabad||Gurgaon||29 Oct 2008||Other T20|
|48*||ICL Hyd||v Chandigarh||Gurgaon||26 Oct 2008||Other T20|
|12||ICL Hyd||v Chennai||Ahmedabad||21 Oct 2008||Other T20|
An attractive left-hander with a clumping cover-drive, Jimmy Maher played two one-dayers for Australia in 1997-98, then seemed to fall by the wayside. But two prolific seasons for Queensland, punctuated by a successful sojourn in south Wales for Glamorgan, propelled Maher back into the one-day reckoning. He announced his return with 95 in the second match against South Africa at Centurion in 2002, and followed that up with a vital 43 not out to secure a tie at Potchefstroom.
A country boy from the far north of Queensland - he was born in Innisfail, just south of Cairns - Maher's bubbly personality made him a popular member of dressing rooms from the Gabba to the Gower. He took a while to get the hang of English pitches, but innate footwork and savvy shot-selection won through in the end. He continued that form back in Australia, slamming 174 against Victoria and 209 against South Australia on his way to becoming the first batsman to reach 1000 Pura Cup runs in 2001-02. A series of handy one-day performances won him a place as the spare batsman (and the stand-in wicketkeeper) in the 2003 World Cup-winning squad, although he appeared in only two matches. Tours to West Indies and India followed but his 26-match one-day journey ended when Brad Haddin assumed the back-up gloveman's role.
Replacing Stuart Law as Queensland's captain, Maher lost five domestic finals in a row before sealing his first win as leader with the 2005-06 Pura Cup. He marked the occasion with a career-high 223 and then let his batsmen race to an unstoppable 6 declared for 900, dedicating the victory to victims of a fierce cyclone in north Queensland the previous week. Maher's Man-of-the-Match performance guided him to a personal haul of 906 runs at 53.29 in the competition and showed that at 32 he had energy left.
The run-scoring leader in the interstate one-day tournament, Maher's stand-out limited-overs moment came with a national-record 187 from 129 deliveries against Western Australia in 2003-04 as the Bulls charged to an unmatched 405 in 50 overs. He also values highly his 108 in the limited-overs final of 2006-07, which set up Queensland's FR Cup victory at the MCG. A year later, following a subdued season, he stood down with 9,933 first-class runs for the Bulls, second behind Martin Love, and headed for the Indian Cricket League.
Cricinfo staff August 2008
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"