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Malcolm Noel Waller (born 28 September 1984) is a Zimbabwean cricketer, who plays all formats of the game. He is a middle-order batsman and off-spinner. In December 2014, he was suspended from bowling by the International Cricket Council (ICC) due to his deliveries exceeding the permitted tolerance.[1]

Malcolm Waller
Personal information
Full nameMalcolm Noel Waller
Born (1984-09-28) 28 September 1984 (age 34)
Harare, Zimbabwe
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm off break
RoleBatsman
RelationsAndy Waller (father)
Nathan Waller (cousin)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 82)1 November 2011 v New Zealand
Last Test29 October 2017 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 102)19 January 2009 v Bangladesh
Last ODI11 February 2018 v Afghanistan
ODI shirt no.9
T20I debut (cap 30)15 October 2011 v New Zealand
Last T20I6 July 2018 v Australia
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 14 79 80 165
Runs scored 577 1,259 4,700 3,434
Batting average 21.37 19.07 36.43 25.81
100s/50s 0/4 0/5 11/22 2/21
Top score 72* 99* 208* 115*
Balls bowled 456 666 4,672 2,496
Wickets 8 10 62 61
Bowling average 27.25 56.60 40.00 33.67
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 4/59 2/44 5/48 4/29
Catches/stumpings 10/– 22/– 55/– 63/–
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 17 January 2019

In August 2015 his action was found to be legal[2] and the next month he was selected in Zimbabwe's squad for their series against Pakistan.[3]

International careerEdit

Following his first-class debut in the Logan Cup in April 2008, he was called up to the national team for a tour of Bangladesh,[4] where he made his international debut in a One Day International on 19 January 2009. Chasing mere 128, Zimbabwe were in trouble at 44/6 when Waller walked in and drove his first ball through the covers for four. He played a few more encouraging shots and was the top scorer in the innings with 24. With Ray Price's entertaining shots in the end Zimbabwe won by 2 wickets eventually.[5]

Waller rose to fame when he helped Zimbabwe to chase down their highest ever target in One Day International of 328 against New Zealand at Bulawayo in the third ODI. He showed immense character to chase a total of more than 300 for the first time in Zimbabwe's history by remaining unbeaten on 99.[6]

Test Debut against New Zealand, 2011Edit

Following this, he made his Test debut against New Zealand in the only Test at Bulawayo on 1 November 2011.[7] Waller remained unbeaten on 72 and became the eleventh Zimbabwean to score 50 or above in his debut test.[8]

FamilyEdit

Waller's father, Andy, played for Zimbabwe in the 1980s and 1990s. His father also scored 50 in his debut Test albeit in the second innings.[9] His cousin, Nathan Waller also represented Zimbabwe under-19 teams.

EducationEdit

Waller attended Lilfordia School.[10] He then moved to the UK to study at Brighton College, where he played in the first XI for three years.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Malcolm Waller: Zimbabwe all-rounder banned from bowling". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Mutumbami back in Zimbabwe T20, ODI squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  3. ^ Waller and Mutizwa named for Bangladesh tour
  4. ^ "All-round Price seals last-over thriller". CricInfo. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Waller takes Zimbabwe to record win". CricInfo. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Zim vs NZ only test". CricInfo. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  7. ^ "Zimbabwean test debutants scoring 50 or above". CricInfo. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  8. ^ "England in Zimbabwe Test Series, 1st Test, 1996". CricInfo. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  9. ^ Moonda, Firdose (23 July 2013). "Zimbabwe's play school". Cricinfo. ESPN Sports Media Limited. Retrieved 28 October 2017. Letitia Campbell ... played an important part in the development of Brendan Taylor, Malcolm Waller and Trevor Madondo, all of whom attended her family-run school, Lilfordia.
  10. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/2403979/Talking-School-Sport-Waller-turns-away-from-Zimbabwe.html

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