Jimmy Maher

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Jimmy Maher
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Personal information
Full name James Patrick Maher
Born (1974-02-27) 27 February 1974 (age 40)
Innisfail, Queensland, Australia
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Role Batsman
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 137) 14 January 1998 v New Zealand
Last ODI 9 November 2003 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no. 46
Domestic team information
Years Team
1993–2008 Queensland
2001 Glamorgan
2003 Glamorgan
2005–2006 Durham
2007 Glamorgan
2008 Hyderabad Heroes
Career statistics
Competition ODI FC LA T20
Matches 26 206 214 18
Runs scored 438 13,149 7,439 366
Batting average 25.76 38.78 39.15 26.14
100s/50s 0/1 27/61 16/36 0/3
Top score 95 223 187 59
Balls bowled 852 165
Wickets 10 6
Bowling average 50.40 28.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 3/11 3/29
Catches/stumpings 18/– 210/3 104/1 4/–
Source: CricketArchive, 7 August 2009

James Patrick Maher (born 27 February 1974 in Innisfail, Queensland) is a former Australian cricketer. He is "an attractive left-handed batsman with a clumping cover-drive".[1]

He was first selected to play for Australia in two one-day matches in 1997–98, due to illness and injury respectively to Mark Waugh and Steve Waugh, but his performances were unspectacular. The following two seasons were a prolific pair for Maher playing for Queensland, a time which included a period at Glamorgan. In 2001–02, he became the first batsman to reach 1000 runs in the Pura Cup.

He came back into the international fold in 2002, after the Waugh brothers were sacked following an ODI season in which Australia failed to make the finals of the triangular ODI series. He responded with a steady innings of 95 against South Africa. He was included in the Australian ODI squad as a spare batsman and as a fill-in wicketkeeper for the next few seasons, including the 2003 Cricket World Cup, but never managed to obtain a regular place in the side.

On 11 February 2007 Maher was criticised by South Australian cricket captain Darren Lehmann for not declaring to make a game of their Pura Cup match at the Gabba. Lehmann said he thought he was playing Tasmania referring to Tasmania's reliance on final day run chases.[2]

On 25 February 2007, Maher was named Man of the Match in the Ford Rangers Cup Final against the Victorian Bushrangers after making 108 from 133 balls. The Queensland Bulls went on to win the match by 21 runs.[3] It was the third time that he had scored a century for Queensland in a One Day domestic final. He retired from all types of cricket at the end of the Australian 2007–08 domestic season. Soon afterwards, he joined the Zee Telefilms' rebel Indian Cricket League, playing for the Hyderabad Heroes as an opening batsman.

Having spent two season at Durham Maher played for Glamorgan in 2007 after supporters funded the signing.[4]

Maher caused controversy in 1995 following Queensland's Sheffield Shield win over South Australia, when he said during a television interview "I'm as full as a coon's Valiant". Indigenous Australians criticised Maher for his statement and its racial undertone. Maher later publicly apologised over the statement.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jimmy Maher". Cricinfo. June 2006. Retrieved 16 January 2007. 
  2. ^ Morton, Jim (February 2007). "Lehmann vows to make Bulls Fry". The Advertiser. Retrieved 12 February 2007. 
  3. ^ "Victoria Vs Queensland". Cricinfo. February 2007. Retrieved 26 February 2007. 
  4. ^ Supporters pay for Maher's return to Glamorgan, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 17 October 2007
  5. ^ Koori Mail, "Maher apologises at Shield celebration", 19 April 1995, p. 16.

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Preceded by
Stuart Law
Queensland ING Cup captain
2002/03–2007/08
Succeeded by
Chris Simpson
Preceded by
Stuart Law
Queensland Pura Cup captain
2002/03–2007/08
Succeeded by
Chris Simpson