Australian test legend Doug Walters to share his stories in Bathurst

TEST LEGEND: Doug Walters puts a shot away against New Zealand on his way to an 11th career century in 1974. Walters will be visiting Bathurst this Wednesday.
TEST LEGEND: Doug Walters puts a shot away against New Zealand on his way to an 11th career century in 1974. Walters will be visiting Bathurst this Wednesday.

AUSTRALIAN cricket legend Doug Walters will be paying a visit to Bathurst this Wednesday to talk about his storied career in the national side.

Renowned for his cavalier attitude and aggressive batting style, the Dungog native blasted his way to 15 centuries in a test career which spanned 16 years.

Fans of Walters and cricket alike will have the chance to hear what he has to say about the game – past and present – at the free event to be held at Bathurst Panthers.

Walters said it’s always fun to reminisce on his playing days. 

“The things I remember most from playing was the great camaraderie we had not only in our team but with the teams that we played against,” he said.

“I think the biggest thrill I ever got was being selected to play for Australia for the first time. It’s something that I always dreamed about when I was little and something that I didn’t think would come to fruition.”

Not only would that dream unfold, Walters seized the opportunity with both hands.

He finished with a career average of 48.26 and a highest score of 250. 

One of his most memorable achievements came in the 1969 Frank Worrell Trophy where he hit four centuries in the space of five innings.

“I guess I just got lucky some days,” Walters said.

“I don’t really give much credit to the bowlers, but sometimes they were nice enough to put it on the middle of your bat.”

The talk at Bathurst Panthers begins in the sports bar from 7.30pm and patrons are asked to arrive at least half an hour beforehand.