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Former Australian Test bowler Max Walker dies, aged 68

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Former Australian Test cricket fast bowler Max Walker has died, aged 68.

Walker, who played 34 Tests for Australia, took 138 wickets at an average of 27.47 between 1972 and 1977.

Walker, an all-round sportsman, also played 93 matches in six years with the Melbourne football club.

He was also a member of the Nine Network's commentary team between 1986 and 1991, and worked with the network until 1999.

"Sad news to hear about that," former captain and co-worker Ian Chappell told 3AW.

"I only found out a couple of days ago that he was in bad shape."

He was a Member of the Order of Australia in 2011 for his services to cricket as a player and commentator, but had battled cancer post-retirement.