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Max delighted to have committed to Somerset for another year

Leg spinner Max Waller is extremely happy about signing a new one-year contract with Somerset and we recently caught up with him to talk about what it means.

“I’ve been with Somerset for a long time now and I really enjoy playing for the county,” he said. “I always have done and always will do, so I’m delighted to extend my stay for another year. I first started playing for the Somerset age groups with the Under 11s and worked my way up through playing for the Seconds and then getting a summer contract before being taken on full time.”

Max also captained the first team at Millfield School where the side contained some pretty formidable players as he explained. “Back then Kieran Powell, who is playing for the West Indies in the current series, was opening the batting with Craig Kieswetter,” said Max. “We also had Tom Maynard, Adam Wheater and Rory Hamilton-Brown in the side. In fact I think seven of the guys went on to play First Class cricket which is pretty impressive for a school side. There were some real characters in that side but it was a good experience and stood me in good stead for my career.”

Max also reflected on his first matches for Somerset. “I made my First XI debut back in 2009 which sounds a long time ago now,” he said. “That first game was a one-day match at Canterbury against Kent. That was a few days before my T20 debut against Glamorgan at Cardiff.”

Max certainly announced his arrival on the T20 scene in style by taking three wickets for 17 from is four overs.

The 29 year old is one of the leading wicket takers in domestic T20 cricket and needs just five more to reach the 100 mark. How does he feel about nearing that milestone?

“I try not to think about that too much,” he said. “When you’re playing you take each game as it comes, but I’ve been playing a while now in the format for Somerset. I just love playing at the Cooper Associates County Ground in front of good crowds. There’s always a brilliant atmosphere and that makes it really enjoyable.”

What wickets stick out as ones that Max has enjoyed capturing? “I’m guessing that Kevin Pietersen would probably be top of that list,” he said. “I also enjoyed getting Kumar Sangakkara out at the Oval, along with Aaron Finch and Glen Maxwell who are pretty decent T20 players. Kevin Pietersen tops the list for me though.”

What is it about the short format of the game that appeals to Max? “I really like T20 because it’s fast, it’s exciting and it’s fun,” he said. “I really enjoy fielding and you can express yourself more than in any other format. I celebrate my wickets hard and it’s action packed which I love. I’m already looking forward to the start of the 2018 season!”

How does he think that the current crop of players measure up to previous Somerset teams that he’s been involved with? “I think we’ve got a pretty good side in white ball cricket and we lost to the eventual winners in both the NatWest T20 Blast and the Royal London One-Day Cup at the quarter final stage, so we’ve played some good cricket. It was disappointing not to get over the line against Notts both times, but we showed what we can do this year.

“We are a side on the up and have got some really good experienced players with some good younger ones coming through as well. They’re learning quickly so we have got a good thing going here.”

What will Max be doing this winter? “I’m doing my Level 3 Coaching Certificate,” he explained. “That will give me something else for life after cricket. Several of the guys who have taken it say that it helps with your own game. I will definitely be staying at home until January and then we will see what happens after that. I will potentially be looking to go and play in the sunshine somewhere.”

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