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Maxwell Henry Norman Walker



Maxwell Henry Norman Walker (Member 1993)

b. 19 September 1948

d. 28 September 2016

Leaving Tasmania in 1967 to play football with Melbourne, Walker insisted that he also be allowed to play cricket, a sport at which he excelled at the Friends School and the North Hobart Cricket Club as a batsman.

As a ruckman Max played 94 games with the Melbourne FC in the VFL, but he made his international cricket reputation as a top class medium fast right hand bowler.

His ungainly delivery action earned him the nickname of 'Tangles'. He was first change bowler for Australia's fearsome duo of Jeff Thomson and Dennis Lillee. He made his Test debut against Pakistan at the MCG in December 1972 taking 2/112 and then 3/39 in the second innings with the new ball. He earned selection in the 1973 touring team to the West Indies and enjoyed an extremely successful series, taking 26 wickets - a record which still has not been broken.

He played 34 Tests for Australia and took 138 wickets at 27.47 runs per wicket. He captured 5 wickets in an innings 6 times with his best figures 8/143 against England in Melbourne in 1975 and 6/15 versus Pakistan at the SCG in 1973.

The colourful bowler was also a member of Kerry Packer's controversial World Series Cricket revolution.

He retired in 1981 after an outstanding career for his country.