Walker dies

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

FOR­MER Aus­tralia fast bowler Max Walker has died af­ter a two-year bat­tle against skin can­cer, Cricket Aus­tralia said yes­ter­day. He was 68. A medium-fast bowler used as first change be­hind Den­nis Lillee and Jeff Thom­son, Walker played 34 tests be­tween 1972 and 1977 and cap­tured 138 wick­ets at an av­er­age of 27.47. He took six five-wicket hauls and had best bowling fig­ures of 8-143 against Eng­land in Mel­bourne in 1975. “Max was an out­stand­ing crick­eter who played an im­por­tant role in the emer­gence of suc­cess­ful Aus­tralian cricket teams in the 1970s,” Cricket Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive James Suther­land said in a state­ment. “It was a golden era of test cricket un­der the cap­taincy of Ian and Greg Chap­pell, and Max’s medium-fast bowling and his un­mis­take­able bowling ac­tion were a fea­ture of those teams. The cricket world will be deeply sad­dened to hear of Max’s sud­den pass­ing.” Walker also played 17 one-day in­ter­na­tion­als for Aus­tralia, with his fi­nal game against New Zealand in 1981. He was among the group of break­away play­ers who de­fected to Kerry Packer’s World Se­ries Cricket in 1977, a move that fun­da­men­tally changed in­ter­na­tional cricket be­fore the play­ers were re­in­stated in 1979. Known as ‘Tan­gles’ for his un­ortho­dox de­liv­ery stride, Walker had trained as an ar­chi­tect and also played top level Aus­tralian Rules foot­ball be­fore he com­mit­ted to cricket. He moved into the com­men­tary box af­ter he re­tired and was a sought-af­ter pub­lic speaker. He was also a pro­lific writer and penned nu­mer­ous comedic books. – AFP

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