Full name Scott Andrew Muller
Born July 11, 1971, Herston, Brisbane, Queensland
Current age 44 years 22 days
Major teams Australia, Queensland
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|Test debut||Australia v Pakistan at Brisbane, Nov 5-9, 1999 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v Pakistan at Hobart, Nov 18-22, 1999 scorecard|
|First-class span||1990/91 - 1999/00|
|List A span||1997/98 - 2001/02|
Will probably always be remembered for the infamous 'can't bowl, can't
throw' jibe that was directed at him and broadcast from an effects
microphone during an Australia-Pakistan Test at Hobart in 1999-2000. But it
shouldn't be allowed to completely overshadow Scott Muller's substantial
talent as a right-arm pace bowler and handy fieldsman ... nor as a plucky
lower-order batsman, either. Muller's career was been somewhat chequered;
he made his first-class debut as a promising 19-year old in 1990-91 but soon
lost his passion for the game and did not return to the Queensland team
until the 1996-97 season. Even then, business commitments continued to take
precedence, and he was not only a shock withdrawal from the Bulls' Sheffield
Shield final squad on account of work interests but also announced his
retirement from the first-class game shortly afterwards. He was eventually
wooed back to the sport by then Queensland coach John Buchanan and, around
frustrating brushes with injury which left him on the sidelines for
prolonged periods, produced a number of outstanding performances in each of
the following two seasons. His success in 1998-99 led to a surprise call-up
as a replacement for an injured Jason Gillespie on the Australian tour of Sri Lanka in September 1999, and paved the way for his Test debut two months later against Pakistan at Brisbane. But his rise and fall in international circles was just as spasmodic. His mix of speed and prodigious outswing netted him seven wickets in the opening two matches of that series - and he featured in a record-breaking tenth wicket stand of 86 with Shane Warne - but he also showed a tendency to bowl with erratic length and width. He was axed from the team and then increasingly bitter fallout began to emerge from the airing of that response to a wayward throw of his from the deep. Debate raged across Australia as to whether Warne was the figure behind the derisive remark and Muller was reported to be considering instigating legal action, but Channel Nine cameraman Joe Previtera quickly stepped in to claim responsibility. The strapping
Queenslander was not been seen at international level again and retired - for good -shortly after.
First-class Debut: Queensland v Victoria at Melbourne, 1990/91
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