THE next Somerset cricketer to face our quickfire questions is spin bowler Max Waller...

Q. If you could play cricket at any venue in the world (aside from Taunton of course!), where would it be?

A. Lord’s... the history, the long-room, the outfield, the food and even the showers! Or Newlands, Cape Town... the most picturesque ground in the world in my favourite city.

Q. If you could change one rule in cricket, what would it be?

A. No boundaries, run your runs. If the ball is declared lost, there is a maximum of eight runs awarded... otherwise RUN RUN RUN.

Q. What’s the most bizarre thing you’ve seen on a cricket pitch?

A. The most unusual thing from a personal point of view was stopping in the middle of the game for some of the fielders to carry out the call to prayer, as we were playing next to a mosque. It was an enlightening experience, opening my eyes to different cultures in cricket.

Q. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A. Nothing comes easy, work hard and you’re your own best coach.

Q. What advice would you offer to a youngster starting out in cricket now?

A. Enjoy the game. Have fun and try to make the most of every opportunity.

Q. Who is your sporting hero?

A. Cricket - Shane Warne - best leg-spinner ever, genius at his skill, very cricket smart, entertaining, inspiring and very watchable. Golf - Tiger Woods - the aura he carried with him, how far ahead of everyone else playing the game he was, winning mentality, general GOAT-ness. Basketball - Michael Jordan - hunger, drive, determination and incredible desire to win.

Q. Which country (or city) have you never visited, but would love to go to?

A. Hawaii - looks like a great country to visit... surfing, islands, beaches, good food.

Q. What are you watching on television at the moment?

A. The Last Dance, the Michael Jordan documentary.

Q. It’s karaoke night. What do you sing?

A. Don’t Speak by No Doubt.

Q. If you could choose one cricketer and one celebrity to be in self-isolation with, who would they be, and why?

A. Shane Warne - he’s got loads of stories I’d like to hear, and to chat leg-spin. Jimmy Carr - would want him reeling off one-liners constantly.


You can see our previous Somerset cricket Q&As, with Lewis Gregory here and Eddie Byrom here.