Former Australia bowler Max Walker dead at 68

SYDNEY (AP) Former Australia medium fast bowler Max Walker, whose awkward and unorthodox action earned him the nickname Tangles, has died. He was 68.

Cricket Australia on Wednesday said Walker had died after a battle with cancer.

Walker played 34 test matches between 1972 and `77, taking 138 wickets at an average of 27.47, including six five-wicket hauls. He also took 20 wickets in 17 one-day internationals between 1974-81.

Walker was a useful batsman who scored 586 runs at 19.53 including an unbeaten 78 in his final test against England at the Oval.

After retiring from cricket he became a commentator, a popular raconteur and a best-selling author whose humorous books included How To Hypnotise Chooks And Other Great Yarns.

In 2011, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to cricket and for his social work.