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Cricket world reacts to Max Walker's death

AAP logoAAP 28/09/2016 Scott Bailey

* "Like all of those who played alongside him, I'm deeply saddened ... Tangles was one of the great fellows. A big loveable bear of a man who parlayed his talent, first as a footballer turned cricketer, and then with his bonhomie and ability to tell a good yarn, to set himself up for a wonderful career after cricket ... It's very sad that he has gone and the cricket community will be poorer for his loss." - Greg Chappell, former Australian captain and teammate.

* "Max was a larger than life character who was a true legend of the game. He was charismatic and loved by all who came in contact with him." - Australian Coach Darren Lehmann.

* "So sad to hear of the passing of Max Walker. What a great cricketer, author and story teller. Ripper bloke whose smile lit up a room! #263" - former Victorian teammate Dean Jones on Twitter.

* "Max Walker has passed...so sad...melanoma...gentle man ...gentle inswingers...won Tests...won series...decent...respectful...vale T Foot! - former Australian teammate Kerry O'Keefe on Twitter.

* "He was just a really down-to-earth, humorous guy. He's never lost for words. He was just good fun." - Former teammate Bob Massey on ABC.

* "Sad news to hear about that. I only found out a couple of days ago that he was in bad shape." - former captain Ian Chappell on 3AW

* "Can't believe the news, everyone's mate Max Walker gone. Farewell Tangles - commentator Drew Morphett on Twitter.

*"He was always, I think 'jovial' is the term they used. (There was always) a smile on his face. Commentary was not a serious thing, it wasn't to be taken serious -- it was to be descriptive and it was to be fun, and that probably sums up Max." - fellow commentator Geoff Lawson on ABC.

* "Shattered to hear passing of the great Max Walker. Larger then life Aussie Test cricketer #263 @melbournefc AFL footballer Architect @wwos ch9 commentator Best selling author Last ODI in Underam game 1 brownlow vote Family man Thoughts with Walker family" former Australian fast bowler Damien Fleming on Twitter.

* "Vale Max Walker. An unmistakeable bowling action, presence and voice. A humble servant of the game he loved." - opposition leader Bill Shorten on Twitter.

* "A huge character with that laconic, laidback approach to sport and life. Just a big, cuddly colourful bloke whom everyone really liked - his opponents just as much as the rest of us." - Nine Network CEO Hugh Marks

* "Extremely sad to hear that an absolute gentleman of our game has passed. You will be greatly missed." - former Australian captain Michael Clarke on Twitter.

* "Sad to hear of the passing of baggy green player #263 Max Walker! Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends! RIP!" - Australian offspinner Nathan Lyon on Twitter.

* "So sad to hear Max Walker #Tangles has died, a wonderful man who gave so much colour to all our lives. #RIPMax #263" Former Australian allrounder Tom Moody on Twitter.

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