Scott Muller (cricketer)
|Full name||Scott Andrew Muller|
|Born||11 July 1971|
Muller was a fast-medium bowler for the Queensland Bulls in the Sheffield Shield competition who was a solid performer for his state, with a bowling average of 23. He made his Test cricket debut in 1999.
Muller played in two Tests, against Pakistan in Australia in 1999, and debuted alongside Adam Gilchrist. He took seven wickets, all of them recognised batsmen, and Australia won both matches, but he was relatively expensive, conceding nearly 4.5 runs per over and he was replaced by Michael Kasprowicz.
"He can't bowl, and he can't throw"
Muller was at the centre of an incident during his second Test match, played in Hobart. Shortly after being informed that he was not required for the following Test, a special effects microphone picked up someone saying "He can't bowl, and can't throw" just after Muller had fielded a ball at fine leg and sent an errant return to wicket keeper Adam Gilchrist, far above his head. Television show The Panel replayed it and the finger was pointed at Shane Warne as the source of the comment. Warne denied it but Muller was unconvinced and threatened legal action. The Australian media ran the story as a hot topic for a few days with much of the general public believing that Warne was guilty despite voice analysis experts' opinions and scrutiny of television footage. A short time later a cameraman from Channel 9, "Joe the Cameraman", confessed on A Current Affair to being the culprit, although many disputed the truth of his confession, including then opposition backbencher Mark Latham, who accused the network of a cover-up.
- Scott Muller at ESPNcricinfo
- An article from The Observer
- Scott Muller at CricketArchive (subscription required)
- Wisden 2001, pp. 1126–31.
- Wisden 2001, p. 1125.
- rec.sport.cricket discussion, USENET, 24 November 1999
- How Joe blow turned Scott Muller into a nobody Sydney Morning Herald, 24 May 2003
- Channel Nine covering-up Warne, says MP, Rediff.com, 8 Dec 1999
- Matches played by Scott Muller (Cricket Archive)