A flamboyant left-hander with a trademark cover-drive, Maher played two one-dayers for Australia in 1997/98 then inexplicably seemed to fall by the wayside.
However, two prolific seasons for Queensland, punctuated by a successful sojourn in south Wales for Glamorgan, propelled Maher back into the one-day reckoning.
He announced his return with 95 in the second match against South Africa at Centurion in 2002, and followed that up with a vital 43 not out to secure a tie at Potchefstroom.
A series of handy one-day performances won him a place as the spare batsman (and the stand-in wicket-keeper) in the 2003 World Cup-winning squad, although he appeared in only two matches.
Replacing Stuart Law as Queensland's captain, Maher lost five domestic finals in a row before sealing his first win as leader with the 2005-06 Pura Cup.
He marked the occasion with a career-high 223 and then let his team-mates race to an unstoppable 900 for six declared, dedicating the victory to victims of a fierce cyclone in north Queensland the previous week.
Maher signed for Durham in 2006 as one of their overseas stars and made an immediate impact with three centuries in the C&G Trophy and two more in Division One of the Liverpool Victoria County Championship.
He was then signed by Glamorgan for the 2007 season as their only overseas player but struggled to produce his best form and was not retained for 2008.