Doug Walters

Country: Australia
Born: December 21, 1945, Marshdale, Dungog, New South Wales
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Top order Batter

Doug Walters Bio

Kevin Douglas Walters, an iconic figure in Australian cricket, captivated crowds with his small stature, cheeky demeanor, and remarkable skills on the cricket field. Known for his ability to drink all night without getting drunk and still perform exceptionally in matches, Walters became a legendary figure in the sport.

Born and raised in a rural area of New South Wales, Walters developed his cricketing skills on a dairy farm in Dungog. At the age of 17, he made his debut in the first-class cricket arena, facing the formidable Wes Hall and impressing everyone with his talent by scoring 50 runs. Two years later, just like Michael Clarke, he made a century on his debut, announcing his arrival on the big stage.

Walters quickly became a vital member of the Australian cricket team, gaining a reputation for his aggressive and instinctive batting style. Renowned for playing magnificent straight drives and hooks, he had the ability to break partnerships with his medium pace bowling. His natural and exciting approach to Test cricket often resulted in him scoring centuries in a single session, with the most memorable being the six he struck off Bob Willis’ last ball at the WACA in 1974-75.

While he was often perceived as carefree and unflappable, Walters emphasized that he felt the pressures and tensions of the game as much as anyone else. Despite his laid-back image, critics often failed to realize the dedication and focus he brought to the crease. Walters demonstrated his ability to handle pressure by playing crucial innings, such as his remarkable 112 against the West Indies in 1972-73, where he scored a century between lunch and tea despite facing intense bowling from Lance Gibbs.

In 1966, Walters’ career took a temporary hit when he was conscripted for two years of national service. Fortunately, he did not serve in Vietnam and was able to return to his cricket career after completing his military obligations. His return was nothing short of phenomenal, as he became the first player in Test history to score a double hundred and another century in the same match, solidifying his place as one of Australia’s greatest batsmen.

Walters remained a key member of the Australian team until 1977 when he joined World Series Cricket, playing matches primarily in regional areas. Despite a surprise recall against India in 1980-81, he ultimately retired from international cricket after being overlooked for the 1981 Ashes tour. Although he missed out on achieving a century in England, Walters compensated for it with his highest score in New Zealand, where he reached 250 runs and put on a remarkable partnership of 217 with Gary Gilmour.

Off the field, Walters was a beloved figure among fans and fellow cricketers. Renowned for his cool and composed demeanor, he never threw his bat in frustration and refrained from speaking ill of others. His humility and down-to-earth personality endeared him to people, leading to the honor of having a stand named after him on the iconic SCG hill.

Kevin Douglas Walters is a name forever etched in the annals of Australian cricket history. From his bush technique to his remarkable batting and partnership-breaking bowling skills, he captured the hearts of cricket enthusiasts. His contributions to the sport will forever be cherished, and he will always be remembered as one of Australia’s great cricketing legends.

Doug Walters Career Stats

Doug Walters Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 74 125 14 5357 250 48.26 - - 15 33 - 23 43 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 28 24 6 513 59 28.5 732 70.08 0 2 37 0 10 0
FC 258 426 57 16180 253 43.84 - - 45 81 - - 149 0
List A 49 40 11 940 71 32.41 - - 0 7 - - 17 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Doug Walters Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 74 72 3295 1425 49 5/66 7/89 29.08 2.59 67.2 3 1 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 28 10 314 273 4 2/24 2/24 68.25 5.21 78.5 0 0 0
FC 258 - 14576 6782 190 7/63 - 35.69 2.79 76.7 - 6 0
List A 49 - 1107 825 29 4/28 4/28 28.44 4.47 38.1 1 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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