Doug Walters: The larrikin of cricket a true gent

FORMER Australian cricketer Doug Walters does what he can to ensure the game remains strong.

But when it comes to international cricket, particularly one day matches, he is less enthusiastic.

Watch our video interview with Mr Walters by clicking on the arrow in the picture above. 

"[The 50-overs-a-side format] is the most boring game you could ever watch," he said.

"It will be replaced by Twenty20. It's only a matter of time before that eventuates."

The 66-year-old is confident that Test matches will survive the modern day cricketing landscape, as long as Australia and England continued to produce strong teams.

The Carlingford resident was portrayed by actor Hamish Michael in Channel Nine's Howzat! Kerry Packer's War.

He remained on the fence regarding his portrayal in the show.

"It didn't have to much to do with me but I don't remember having blond hair or having a cigarette hanging out my mouth. I smoked a lot but I never had it hanging out my lip," he said.

"It was secretive times and a lot of things have changed in cricket since then. The players certainly get a lot more money than they would have if we didn't go to World Series Cricket."

Last Friday the Doug Walters Golf Classic teed off with the likes of professional golfer Craig Parry descending on Cumberland Country Golf Club at Greystanes.

Walters, a former Central Cumberland District Cricket Club player (now known as Parramatta District Cricket Club), again lent his name to one of the club's major annual fund-raisers.

He joined the club after moving to Wentworthville almost 50 years ago.

After making his mark in western Sydney, the attacking right-handed batsman went onto represent NSW and Australia.

His debut for Australia was nothing short of sensational.

"To get chosen in the first 12 in the first Test is my greatest thrill," he said.

"An added bonus was scoring 100 in the same Test, but unfortunately there's only one way to go when you start of with 100.

"Parramatta gave me the opportunity to play cricket for NSW and Australia so if I can do a little bit to raise money for the local boys, I'm happy to assist."

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