Full name Luke William Peter Wells
Born December 29, 1990, Eastbourne, Sussex
Current age 26 years 115 days
Major teams Colombo Cricket Club, England Under-19s, Sussex, Sussex 2nd XI
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Education St Bede's Sch, Upper Dicker
|First-class debut||Worcestershire v Sussex at Worcester, Sep 13-16, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Gloucestershire v Sussex at Bristol, Sep 20-23, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Sussex v Bangladeshis at Hove, Jul 3, 2010 scorecard|
|Last List A||Sussex v Kent at Hove, Aug 2, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Glamorgan v Sussex at Cardiff, Jun 23, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Sussex v Glamorgan at Hove, Jul 15, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|75, 0/23||Sussex||v Gloucs||Bristol||20 Sep 2016||FC|
|8||Sussex||v Leics||Leicester||6 Sep 2016||FC|
|1, 0/32, 23||Sussex||v Kent||Hove||31 Aug 2016||FC|
|24, 33||Sussex||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||23 Aug 2016||FC|
|120, 0/12||Sussex||v Gloucs||Hove||13 Aug 2016||FC|
|0/19, 0, 1/58||Sussex||v Essex||Colchester||4 Aug 2016||FC|
|3, 0/10||Sussex||v Kent||Hove||2 Aug 2016||LA|
|22, 22||Sussex||v Kent||Tunbridge Wells||17 Jul 2016||FC|
|43||Sussx 2nd XI||v Middx 2nd XI||Fulking||15 Jul 2016||Other OD|
|0/12, 93||Sussex||v Pakistanis||Hove||8 Jul 2016||FC|
The title of the most sledged cricketer in England is presumably not easily won. It must demand the sort of ability that gets up the opposition's noses: an obdurate nature, a streaky shot or two and one or two fortunate umpiring decisions. Luke Wells describes that reputation as a Sussex in-house joke that has now gained wider appeal. "I attract sledging all over the country. I don't know why it is. If I stick around they try and get into my head and make me make a mistake. "Sometimes it has the opposite effect and makes me work a bit harder."
Those comments came after his most prolific Championship innings to date: his first Championship double century in 2013. It being April, when batsmen are expected to come and go quickly, his stickability on a benign pitch was particularly galling and it being Surrey, there was a bit of chatter as a result. Wells resisted for almost nine hours, facing 412 balls across two days, an innings not far short of nine hours; impressive stamina for a 22 year old. He even removed Ranji from the records by scoring the highest innings by a Sussex player at The Oval, surpassing his 204 in 1903, a somewhat quicker affair. He did not sound sated. "Unfortunately I could not carry on from there," he said afterwards.
Wells has a strong Sussex pedigree. He was born in Eastbourne and is the son of Alan, who won a single Test cap for England, and nephew of Colin, two players who were fixtures in the Sussex middle order for many years. Both, too, made double hundreds in their careers. Unlike either, he bats left handed, and first impressed Sussex enough in 2009 to be offered a three-year summer contract which took him to the end of his studies at Loughborough University in 2012. He first revealed a capacity for long innings when he took 174 off Yorkshire at Hove in 2011. Glamorgan also suffered, his 181 the highlight of a moderate season in 2016.
Wells began as an opener until Sussex shifted him down to No. 3, a position he hopes will prove only temporary. He has regularly been presented as a candidate for the England Performance Programme squad but he has never made the weight of runs, or made them stylishly enough, to win the call. The target of 1,000 first-class runs in a season also remained frustratingly elusive as he fell only 18 runs short in 2014. As a batsman designed for long patient innings, his one-day opportunities had by this stage also been limited.
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