Waller completes Somerset set
Leg-spinner Max Waller has signed a new one-year deal with Somerset, meaning all their players are contracted for next season.
The 24-year-old made his senior debut in all three formats during 2009 and has been most impressive in Twenty20 cricket with 37 senior wickets at an average of 18.27.
Waller will spend much of the winter at the Darren Lehman Academy in Adelaide thanks to funding from the ECB. He will be joined there by Sam Billings (Kent), Dan Redfern, Ross Whiteley (both Derbyshire), Rory Burns (Surrey) and Joe Gatting (Sussex).
Waller told Somerset’s website: “I know a few other leg-spinners have been on it and they have told me that it was beneficial to them so I am really looking forward to it.
“It’s brilliant that the ECB has got faith in me to send me out to Adelaide. I have been involved with several ECB things and now and it’s good to work with top coaches and be around other young players and hopefully improve my game.
“I will be working with Peter Sleep, who played 14 Test matches for Australia and first-class cricket for South Australia. He is supposed to be the best leg-spin coach around at the moment so it will be good to have the chance to go and work with his this winter.
“My main aim this winter is to improve my four-day cricket so I am pushing for a place in the Somerset team. I am a regular in the T20 and 40-over sides but need to try to force my way into the championship side.”