Full name Thomas Westley
Born March 13, 1989, Cambridge
Current age 26 years 140 days
Major teams Cambridgeshire, England Under-19s, Essex, Essex 2nd XI, Marylebone Cricket Club
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Height 6 ft 2 in
|First-class debut||Cambridge UCCE v Essex at Cambridge, May 9-11, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Kent v Essex at Tunbridge Wells, Jul 19-21, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||Essex v Sri Lankans at Chelmsford, Jun 9, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||Essex v Warwickshire at Chelmsford, Jul 29, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Essex v Lancashire at Chelmsford, Jul 27, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Essex v Middlesex at Chelmsford, Jul 17, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|108, 2/26||Essex||v Warwickshire||Chelmsford||29 Jul 2015||LA|
|5||Essex||v Lancashire||Chelmsford||27 Jul 2015||LA|
|77, 0/28, 22||Essex||v Kent||Tunbridge Wells||19 Jul 2015||FC|
|1/10, 45||Essex||v Middlesex||Chelmsford||17 Jul 2015||T20|
|4, 5, 0/15||Essex||v Glamorgan||Chelmsford||12 Jul 2015||FC|
|12||Essex||v Middlesex||Richmond||10 Jul 2015||T20|
|0/63, 144||Essex||v Australians||Chelmsford||1 Jul 2015||FC|
|2*||Essex||v Hampshire||Chelmsford||26 Jun 2015||T20|
|33, 0/1, 65*||Essex||v Gloucs||Bristol||21 Jun 2015||FC|
|19, 0/8||Essex||v Glamorgan||Chelmsford||19 Jun 2015||T20|
Tom Westley, a modest and articulate Durham graduate, has quietly established himself as one of Essex's most talented young players. A former England U-19, Westley was back on the national selectors' radar by late 2014, when, aged 25, he joined the England Performance Programme's batting and spin camp in Sri Lanka. That followed a breakthrough year in white-ball cricket, in which he averaged 57.33 in the Royal London Cup and 44.83 in T20, with three centuries across the formats. His capable offspin also continues to develop under the guidance of former Essex and England spinner Peter Such.
Having made his Essex debut in 2006, Westley had long been tipped for success but it wasn't until 2012 that, for the first time, he played in every Championship game. His move up the order to open with Jaik Mickleburgh provided Essex with some solidity, after several combinations were tried, and included hitting his highest first-class score of 185 against Glamorgan. A broken finger sustained in the Ashes warm-up match against England curtailed his 2013 but the following season saw an extra dimension added to his limited-overs game.
Although he has found success as an opener, Westley came through as a middle-order batsman after joining the Essex Academy as a 14-year-old in 2003. He made his first-team debut in the one-day tour match against the Sri Lankans at Chelmsford in June 2006, travelling to Perth for three weeks on a Graham Gooch Scholarship that December and following that up with a trip to Mumbai as part of a five-strong Academy contingent in February 2007. He impressed enough there and in the indoor nets upon his return to be asked to join up with the first team on their pre-season tour to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and also featured in several of the pre-season matches back home.
It was expected that Westley's first team chances would increase with the retirements of Andy Flower and Ronnie Irani, and Alastair Cook and Ravi Bopara's increasing England commitments, but he hadn't really established himself before England Under-19s came calling, first for Pakistan Under-19s' visit in August 2007 and then for a tour of Sri Lanka and the Under-19 World Cup that followed in February 2008. Westley was named captain of the Under-19 side for New Zealand's tour that summer, and from 2009 juggled sporadic Essex appearances with his studies at Durham university.
A natural leader, he was also put in charge of the Durham MCCU side but returned to Essex to play a part in the County Championship promotion push by hitting a maiden first-class century in a crucial match at Derby in 2009. Although his progress thereafter was steady rather than spectacular, Westley gradually increased his importance to Essex and, in doing so, caught England's eye. Following his 2014 spell with the EPP, he stayed on in Sri Lanka to play with the Bloomfield club.
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