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Full name Max Thomas Charles Waller
Born March 3, 1988, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Current age 26 years 144 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|
|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|
|-||Somerset||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||4 Jul 2014||T20|
|6, 0/34, 1||Smrst 2nd XI||v Kent 2nd XI||Taunton||1 Jul 2014||Other|
|2, 1/34||Smrst 2nd XI||v Kent 2nd XI||Taunton||30 Jun 2014||Other OD|
|1/22||Somerset||v Essex||Taunton||27 Jun 2014||T20|
|14, 0/24, 1||Smrst 2nd XI||v Essex 2nd XI||Bishop's Stortford||24 Jun 2014||Other|
Legspinner Max Waller came up through the Somerset youth ranks while he 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.
Being a young wrist-spinner can be a daunting experience - especially on the batting-friendly surfaces at Taunton - but Waller hasn't shirked his challenge and has been called upon to bowl in some pressure situations in Twenty20. He attended Bournemouth University and combined his studies with working part time at a local golf club.
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.
But he hasn't kicked on from his early appearances and has played only two Championship matches in the next four seasons, both in 2012. His 2 for 27 on debut against Sussex remained his first-class best until he took 3 for 33 against Cardiff MCCU 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 and took 4 for 16 against Warwickshire at Taunton in 2012. 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.
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