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|Full name||James Patrick Maher|
27 February 1974 |
Innisfail, Queensland, Australia
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium|
|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|
|Source: CricketArchive, 7 August 2009|
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.
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. 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.
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.
- "Jimmy Maher". Cricinfo. June 2006. Retrieved 16 January 2007.
- Morton, Jim (February 2007). "Lehmann vows to make Bulls Fry". The Advertiser. Retrieved 12 February 2007.
- "Victoria Vs Queensland". Cricinfo. February 2007. Retrieved 26 February 2007.
- Supporters pay for Maher's return to Glamorgan, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 17 October 2007
- Koori Mail, "Maher apologises at Shield celebration", 19 April 1995, p. 16.
|Queensland ING Cup captain
|Queensland Pura Cup captain