Full name Alex George Wakely
Born November 3, 1988, London
Current age 28 years 140 days
Major teams Bedfordshire, England Under-19s, Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Education Bedford School
|First-class debut||Somerset v Northamptonshire at Taunton, Jul 13-16, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire at Northampton, Sep 12-15, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Bedfordshire v Sussex at Luton, May 4, 2005 scorecard|
|Last List A||Northamptonshire v Surrey at Northampton, Aug 18, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire at Northampton, Jun 23, 2009 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Durham v Northamptonshire at Birmingham, Aug 20, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|104, 19||Northants||v Gloucs||Northampton||12 Sep 2016||FC|
|73||Northants||v Kent||Beckenham||6 Sep 2016||FC|
|33, 14||Northants||v Glamorgan||Northampton||31 Aug 2016||FC|
|25, 15*||Northants||v Worcs||Worcester||23 Aug 2016||FC|
|43||Northants||v Durham||Birmingham||20 Aug 2016||T20|
|53||Northants||v Notts||Birmingham||20 Aug 2016||T20|
|45, 0/24||Northants||v Surrey||Northampton||18 Aug 2016||LA|
|11, 0/9, 53*||Northants||v Leics||Northampton||13 Aug 2016||FC|
|13*||Northants||v Middlesex||Northampton||9 Aug 2016||T20|
|26||Northants||v Derbyshire||Northampton||31 Jul 2016||LA|
The high regard in which Alex Wakely was held at Northants was encapsulated when he was appointed Northants' captain in limited-overs cricket at only 24, as well as being given the vice-captaincy, behind Stephen Peters, of the first-class side. The captaincy of the Championship side, again in succession to Peters, followed at the end of a dismal 2014 season for Northants as they failed to cope with promotion to Division One of the Championship and were relegated by a distance. Wakely missed that season because of a ruptured achilles tendon suffered on a pre-season tour of Barbados.
County captaincy seemed a natural progression for someone with clear leadership ability, an ability which had already been recognised when he was appointed England's captain for the 2008 Under-19 World Cup.
His perceived captaincy skills were allied to improving and attractive batting in the top four, albeit regularly let down by a propensity for being dismissed when well set: at the start of the 2014 season, Wakely had 21 first-class fifties but only two centuries. He began to address that shortcoming in 2015 with Championship hundreds against Gloucestershire and - a career-best - Leicestershire. He was also in charge when Northants defied talk of financial problems to reach the final of the NatWest Blast before losing to Lancashire.
NBC Denis Compton Award 2008,2011
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This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?