Former test cricketer, AFL player and sports media personality Max Walker has died after his battle with cancer.
Tasmanian-born Walker made his Test Cricket debut in 1973, playing 34 Test matches and taking 138 wickets along the way. Walker also played 70 first-class games for Victoria.
He made his AFL debut for Melbourne in 1967, he played 85 games at the highest level but eventually gave AFL away for a career in cricket.
The death of the man affectionately known as ‘Tangles’, due to his bowling style, will shake cricket purists across the nation to the core, as fans young and old saw him as a perfect bridge between the two generations.
After his career in cricket, he became a sports personality joining the program Wide World of Sports on the Nine network. He would join presenters like Ken Sutcliffe and Mike Gibson, entertaining us with the news of world sport.
His trademark moustache and no-nonsense commentating made him a fan favourite in the Channel Nine commentary box.
Sports stars and close friends took to Twitter to give a special tribute to the man who made so many people smile.
Max Walker has passed…so sad…melanoma…gentle man …gentle inswingers…won Tests…won series…decent…respectful…vale T Foot !
— Kerry O'Keeffe (@kokeeffe49) September 27, 2016
Sad to hear of the passing of baggy green player #263 Max Walker! Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends! RIP!
— Nathan Lyon (@NathLyon421) September 27, 2016
Very sad news about Max Walker.
Part of the baggy green family🇦🇺
— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) September 28, 2016
Vale Max Walker, you will be missed. – Paul Robinson
Photo of Max Walker from the World Wide of Sports Twitter feed.