Full name Alex George Wakely
Born November 3, 1988, London
Current age 27 years 98 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||Surrey v Northamptonshire at The Oval, Sep 22-25, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||Bedfordshire v Sussex at Luton, May 4, 2005 scorecard|
|Last List A||Yorkshire v Northamptonshire at Leeds, Aug 18, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire at Northampton, Jun 23, 2009 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Northamptonshire v Lancashire at Birmingham, Aug 29, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|16, 93||Northants||v Surrey||The Oval||22 Sep 2015||FC|
|40||Northants||v Glamorgan||Northampton||14 Sep 2015||FC|
|0/10, 43, 19||Northants||v Essex||Chelmsford||1 Sep 2015||FC|
|4*||Northants||v Lancashire||Birmingham||29 Aug 2015||T20|
|0||Northants||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||29 Aug 2015||T20|
|123, 2||Northants||v Leics||Northampton||21 Aug 2015||FC|
|-||Northants||v Yorkshire||Leeds||18 Aug 2015||LA|
|31*||Northants||v Gloucs||Northampton||17 Aug 2015||LA|
|8*||Northants||v Sussex||Hove||12 Aug 2015||T20|
|19||Northants||v Kent||Canterbury||4 Aug 2015||FC|
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.
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