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Tom Westley
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Tom Westley

England|top-order batter
Tom Westley

INTL CAREER: 2017 - 2017

Full Name

Thomas Westley

Born

March 13, 1989, Cambridge

Age

32y 36d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

Playing Role

Top order batter

Height

6ft 2in

TEAMS

A graceful batsman with, at his best, an enchanting leg-side game, Tom Westley broke into the England Test side more than a decade after his Essex debut. His technique, with an on drive to the fore, drew comparisons with John Crawley and a half-century on debut against South Africa at the Oval encouraged optimism that, at 28, his long apprenticeship on the county circuit would finally bear fruit. His experience against West Indies, though, proved less rewarding and a run of five single-figure scores in his last six innings led him to be omitted from England's Ashes tour party.

Westley had served notice of his talent in 2015, a century against the Australian tourists at Chelmsford ahead of the Ashes series enough to prompt a congratulatory text from Alastair Cook. Three more hundreds followed in Essex's promotion the following summer, as this modest and articulate Durham graduate passed 1000 runs for the first time. He received a few honourable mentions in despatches, but it took performances in Division One - as well as hundred against South Africa for the Lions - to properly catch the attention of the England selectors. As Essex's status grew in their title-winning year, so too a Test debut followed for Westley.

The day that he was excluded from the Ashes party happened to be the day that Essex were presented with the Championship trophy. It felt like a neat symbol of where his immediate future lay and that proved to be the case; Westley continued to be a key cog at Chelmsford, playing a full in Essex's 2019 Championship and T20 double.

Westley, first spotted by Keith Fletcher, the Essex guru, initially emerged as a middle-order batsman after joining the Essex Academy as a 14-year-old in 2003. He made his first-team debut in a one-day match against the touring Sri Lankans 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.

It was expected that Westley's first-team chances would increase with the retirements of Andy Flower and Ronnie Irani, and 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 U19 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.

His progress thereafter was steady rather than spectacular and 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.

He was first back on the national selectors' radar in late 2014, when, aged 25, he joined the England Performance Programme's batting and spin camp in Sri Lanka, staying on afterwards with the club side Bloomfield. 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.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test5911935924.1245342.600133010
FC187312231043925436.122024651.5622481568101190
List A88824285313436.57321788.6852230527190
T20878082165109*30.061661130.342725043340
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test5124120---3.00-000
FC18714551072698594/555/12245.723.1686.50200
List A88361036861214/604/6041.004.9849.30100
T20872224631172/272/2744.427.5835.10000
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Recent Matches - Player

MATCHBATBOWLDATEGROUNDFORMAT
Essex vs Worcs213 & 8*0/508-Apr-2021ChelmsfordFC
Essex vs Somerset51 & 0--23-Sep-2020Lord'sFC
Essex vs Kent39--18-Sep-2020CanterburyT20
Essex vs Hampshire51--16-Sep-2020SouthamptonT20
Essex vs Sussex39--14-Sep-2020HoveT20

Photos


Tom Westley pulls through the on-side, en route to his double century
Tom Westley brings up his double-century on the second day at Chelmsford
Tom Westley cuts through the off side
Essex were crowned inaugural BWT champions
Tom Westley lifts the Bob Willis Trophy
Alastair Cook is congratulated by Tom Westley on his century