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Jimmy Maher
Personal information
Full name
James Patrick Maher
Born (1974-02-27) 27 February 1974 (age 50)
Innisfail, Queensland, Australia
Height182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
BowlingRight-arm medium
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 137)14 January 1998 v New Zealand
Last ODI9 November 2003 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no.46
Domestic team information
2008Hyderabad 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 0
Best bowling 3/11 3/29
Catches/stumpings 18/– 210/3 104/1 4/–
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  Australia
ICC Cricket World Cup
Winner 2003 South Africa-Zimbabwe-Kenya
Source: CricketArchive, 7 August 2017

James Patrick Maher (born 27 February 1974) is an Australian former cricketer, who played One Day Internationals. He is "an attractive left-handed batsman with a clumping cover-drive".[1] He was a part of the Australian squad which won the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

Maher competed in the Gladiator Team Sports Challenge in 1995.

Domestic career

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.

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.[2] 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.[3]

International career

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.

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.


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.[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]


  1. ^ "Jimmy Maher". ESPNcricinfo. June 2006. Retrieved 16 January 2007.
  2. ^ "Victoria Vs Queensland". ESPNcricinfo. February 2007. Retrieved 26 February 2007.
  3. ^ Supporters pay for Maher's return to Glamorgan, ESPNcricinfo, Retrieved on 17 October 2007
  4. ^ Morton, Jim (February 2007). "Lehmann vows to make Bulls Fry". The Advertiser. Retrieved 12 February 2007 – via Newsbank.
  5. ^ Koori Mail, "Maher apologises at Shield celebration", 19 April 1995, p. 16.
Preceded byStuart Law Queensland ING Cup captain 2002/03–2007/08 Succeeded byChris Simpson Preceded byStuart Law Queensland Pura Cup captain 2002/03–2007/08 Succeeded byChris Simpson
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