Max bowling “better than ever”

Somerset CCC Media Access

Leg spinner Max Waller has just returned to the Cooper Associates County Ground after spending most of the winter playing Club cricket in South Africa for Milnerton who are based just on the outskirts of Cape Town.

“Things have gone really well for me and I have enjoyed my second year with Milnerton where I captained the team.  We were successful and I got a lot of wickets playing in all formats.

“The Club cricket is played over two days in addition to which they have both a 50 and 20 over competition. Milnerton are through to the finals of the 20 overs competition which is in Newlands in March, and the semi finals of the 50 overs. When I left we had won all five of our two days matches as well and were top of the table so we did really well.

“I had a really good winter and ended up with 43 wickets but didn’t score as many runs as I’d like to. Every week with Milnerton presented a different challenge and none of the sides rolled over.

The 28 year old went on: “As a bowler you had to make sure that you put the ball in the right areas and in the two day games I bowled some long spells. I didn’t get to bowl a huge amount last summer so it was good to get some overs under my belt this winter which provides me with a good base going into 2017.”

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What else had Max been doing out in Cape Town?

“I did my fitness work, which Daz (Darren Veness strength and conditioning coach) will be happy about, did quite a few runs along the beach, I visited a few of the sites in that area and played a few rounds of golf. Now I’m back in Taunton and getting used to the weather back here. It’s good to be back and to be able to catch up with the boys who are around. This is an exciting time of the year and we have got a good squad together this season so I’m really looking forward to it.

“It’s exciting that Tom Abell has been appointed as captain and a bold move by the Club, but I think it is a good one because he is well respected among the guys in the dressing room and a top player.”

Is this going to be the year when Max is going to make his mark in Championship cricket?

“I hope so. I will keep on doing what I have to do and hopefully I can get some bowling early season and then play on the spinning wickets later on in the year.

Max added: “I think I am bowling better that I ever have done and I am now much better placed than I have been before. I am much more consistent than I was in the past and I’m spinning the ball more than I have before as well. I have come back here full of confidence and looking forward to a good season.”