|Full name||Alexander Guy Rushworth Loudon|
6 September 1980 |
Westminster, London, England
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Bowling style||Right arm off break|
|Relations||Hugo Loudon (brother)|
|Only ODI (cap 195)||24 June 2006 v Sri Lanka|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricinfo, 15 February 2010|
Alexander Guy Rushworth Loudon (born 6 September 1980 in Westminster) is an English former cricketer. A right-handed batsman and off spin bowler, he was considered a promising future international player.
Raised in the family home of Olantigh in Kent, Loudon was educated at Wellesley House School and Eton College, where he was President of the Eton Society. There he captained the 1st XI, and subsequently the Durham University 1st XI while studying at Collingwood College, and captained both the England Under-15 and England Under-19 teams. He was awarded the NBC Denis Compton Award in 1999.
He started his professional career at Kent before moving to Warwickshire in 2005. Initially known for his batting, in later years he worked hard to improve his bowling, gaining recognition as an all-rounder. An off spin bowler, he was reported to be working on the doosra, the much-discussed variation ball which turns the other way, although by his own admission his technique was still at an inconsistent stage.
He was subsequently called up as a part of the 15-man squad for the One Day Internationals versus Sri Lanka in June 2006, playing a solitary game. He took 0/36 off 6 overs and was run out without facing a ball. He was not selected for either the Test or One Day legs of England's tour to Australia the following winter.
In 2011, his name was linked romantically with that of the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa. In November 2011, a report was made that they had separated. In October 2016, his engagement to Kristina Vanderheyden was announced in The Times.
- David Fulton: One to watch – Alex Loudon In: The Times 7 June 2007
- BBC SPORT | Cricket | Counties | Warwickshire | Warwickshire's Loudon ends career
- Catherine Ostler, She's better connected, more outgoing and has the body of a Bond girl. As 'Perfect Pippa' Middleton is chosen as Kate's Maid of Honour dated 18 February 2011 at dailymail.co.uk, accessed 19 February 2011