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Scott Muller
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Scott Muller

Australia
Scott Muller

INTL CAREER: 1999 - 1999

Full Name

Scott Andrew Muller

Born

July 11, 1971, Herston, Brisbane, Queensland

Age

49y 300d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast medium

TEAMS

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.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test22266*-1833.33001020
FC3034132102610.0000120
List A82155*5.000020
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test2434825873/684/13136.854.4449.70000
FC30483923971025/3523.502.9747.4040
List A8351280125/435/4323.334.7829.20010
Scott Muller - Portrait October 1999
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1990/91 - 1999/00
List A Matches
Span
1997/98 - 2001/02

Photos


Muller batting as Gilchrist looks on, Queensland XI v Australian XI, 2000/01
Muller takes a catch, Victoria v Queensland, Pura Milk Cup, 1999/2000
Scott Muller  celebrates with team mates after taking a wicket
Scott Muller celebrates after taking the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar
Scott Muller in action against India
Invincible Bill Brown shares a beer with Australian players in the dressing room in Hobart