The man regarded as one of Australia’s greatest batmen ever became the third youngest Australian to score a test century just a few days shy of his 20th birthday. He went on to build his popularity and success with a string of highlights spanning over a decade, and continues his career today as a commentator for Channel 9 and conducts coaching clinics for youngsters. A brilliantly dry and funny speaker.
Doug Walters, a premium cricketing legend who's popularity has not declined, even after his retirement from the game.
Doug first earned his place in the Australian Test side against England at Brisbane in the 1965-66 season. He scored 155, coming to the wicket with Australia 4-125. At 19 years 357 days he was the third-youngest Australian to score a Test Century.
Today Doug is still very much involved in cricket - commenting on Test Matches for Channel 9, participating in most of the Tooheys Country Cup Matches in the country and conducting coaching clinics for youngsters. Off the field Doug was renowned for his humour and love of practical jokes. Doug is a modest man, with an interesting story to tell - even to the non-cricketer.
Highlights of his career include his double century, (242) and single century (103) against West Indies at the SCG in 1968-69, a century before lunch against a World XI at the MCG in 1971-72, as well as a century between lunch and tea in Trinidad against the West Indies in 1973 and a century between tea and stumps against England at the WACA in Perth in 1974-75. Doug scored 5,357 Test runs.
His highest score was 250 against New Zealand in Christchurch in February 1977. His average stands at 48.26 and during his career he made 33 50's and 15 100's. Doug also took 49 Test wickets.
Doug Walters' popularity as one of Australia's cricketing legends has continued long after his retirement from first-class cricket.
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“Excellent. Doug’s stories proved a hit with the crowd, with many questions being asked."
“I have received a large amount of feedback from people who attended our Bradman Medal Presentation and they were all delighted with Doug’s ability to ‘tell a story’. From my perspective, Doug was fantastic. He held the crowd beautifully and had them laughing throughout his entire performance. On a personal note he was easy to work with and I would recommend him without hesitation."
South Australian Cricket Association