James Patrick Maher
(born 27 February 1974 in Innisfail, Queensland
) is a former Australian cricketer
. He is "an attractive left-handed batsman with a clumping cover-drive".
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, Jimmy Maher was awarded Man of the Match in the Ford Rangers Cup... Read More