|Born||Malcolm Noel Waller|
September 28, 1984
|Alma mater||Brighton College|
|Years active||2008 to 2019|
Malcolm Noel Waller (born 28 September 1984) is a Zimbabwean professional cricketer, who plays all formats of the game. He is a middle-order batsman and off-spinner. In December 2014, he was suspended from bowling by the International Cricket Council (ICC) due to his deliveries exceeding the permitted tolerance.
In August 2015 his action was found to be legal and the next month he was selected in Zimbabwe's squad for their series against Pakistan. Waller retired from International cricket on 19th march 2019.
Malcolm Noel Waller was born on 28 September 1984 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Waller's father, Andy, played for Zimbabwe in the 1980s and 1990s. His father also scored 50 in his debut Test albeit in the second innings. His cousin, Nathan Waller also represented Zimbabwe under-19 teams.
Waller attended Lilfordia School. He then moved to the UK to study at Brighton College, where he played in the first XI for three years.
Following his first-class debut in the Logan Cup in April 2008, he was called up to the national team for a tour of Bangladesh, where he made his international debut in a One Day International on 19 January 2009. Chasing mere 128, Zimbabwe were in trouble at 44/6 when Waller walked in and drove his first ball through the covers for four. He played a few more encouraging shots and was the top scorer in the innings with 24. With Ray Price's entertaining shots in the end Zimbabwe won by 2 wickets eventually.
Waller rose to fame when he helped Zimbabwe to chase down their highest ever target in One Day International of 328 against New Zealand at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo in the third ODI. He showed immense character to chase a total of more than 300 for the first time in Zimbabwe's history by remaining unbeaten on 99.
The all-rounder played 14 Tests for Zimbabwe, where he scored 577 runs, with a best single innings score of 72 not out after making his debut in 2011 against New Zealand. He played more one-day internationals (ODIs), winning 79 caps to score 1 259 runs with narrowly missing on a century in his highest score of 99 not out.
His last ODI for Zimbabwe came against Afghanistan last year and he was part of the squad that played in the International Cricket Council World Cup qualifiers staged in Bulawayo and Harare. Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the finals after they lost their last match against United Arab Emirates.
Waller had a brush with Zimbabwe Cricket in 2018 after the organisation cancelled his contract, forcing the player to take the organisation to the Labour Court. After he lost his contract with ZC, Waller played briefly for Rhinos before he disappeared off the scene.
Test Debut against New Zealand, 2011
Following this, he made his Test debut against New Zealand in the only Test at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on 1 November 2011. Waller remained unbeaten on 72 and became the eleventh Zimbabwean to score 50 or above in his debut test.
Zimbabwe cricketer Malcolm Waller retired to venture into business. Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) source confirmed social media reports that Waller had ended his affair with the game and gone into farming.
- Kevin Mapasure, , Newsday, Published: 20 March, 2019, Accessed: 1 December, 2020