Max Waller is now in his ninth season with Somerset.
The 28 year old first came to notice in 2008 and made his debut for Somerset back in 2009. Since then he has played in 43 List A games, 69 T20 matches and eight First Class matches for the county.
It was a busy winter for Max who spent the winter in South Africa working on his game. “I had a great winter playing cricket for Milnerton which is just north of Cape Town,” he said. They’re a really good club with great facilities and I had an enjoyable time. I got plenty of wickets and a few runs as well and had the opportunity to bat in the top four which is always nice. The wickets out there were spin friendly so they liked my leg breaks and I bowled a lot of overs during the winter, which helped me quite a bit.”
Talking about the fact that he tends to be thought of as a one-day player Max said: “ I’ve done well in the white ball format which is why I guess that I have been pigeon holed but I’d like to get my chance to play with the red ball and hopefully that will come this year. In the past we have signed quite a few overseas spinners, but this year we haven’t which is a great opportunity for me to push for a spot in the four day side. I’m not the sort of person who gives up so I will keep on pushing my case.”
What does Max remember about his early days at Somerset? “The first captain I played under was Justin Langer,” he said. “He was obviously a big fan of having a leggie in the side, but he played most of his cricket with Shane Warne so that’s maybe why!”
What are his goals this season? “I hope I’ll be playing in the NatWest T20 Blast and will get to play in the Royal London One-Day Cup,” he said. “All I can do is keep on taking wickets in the Seconds and keep on pushing my case. Hopefully my chance will come along and I will get the opportunity to show what I can do and it will go from there.”