Full Name

Max Thomas Charles Waller

Born

March 03, 1988, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Age

34y 215d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak

Playing Role

Bowler

Height

6ft

Education

Millfield School; Bournemouth University

The career of a young wrist-spinner can be a daunting one - 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 2016 was second only to Alfonso Thomas as Somerset's leading wicket-taker in the history of the format.

He was an ever-present, too, in 2017, topping Somerset's wicket-taking charts, but the life of a T20 specialist seemed an uncertain one when suggestions emerged that he made not be retained, only for him ultimately to agree a new deal for 2018.

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.

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.

With first-class opportunities largely absent at Somerset, Waller turned to Dorset and became their senior professional for the 2016 season, fulfilling that responsibility alongside his T20 exploits for Somerset.


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Career Averages
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC911840493103/333/5749.303.5284.0000
List A595518191709453/373/3737.975.6340.4000
T20144138277433981394/164/1624.447.3419.9400
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
FC9101912810.1121542.32009050
List A59231611825*16.8516471.950090320
T201443621106177.0613677.940061860
Recent Matches - Player
Photos
Max Waller has impressed in the Blast for several years
Ian Bell and Max Waller collide
Max Waller finished with 4 for 33
Max Waller removed Joe Denly for 31
Max Waller removed Murray Goodwin
Max Waller celebrates the dismissal of Shreevats Goswami