|Full name||Alex George Wakely|
3 November 1988 |
Hammersmith, London, England
|Batting style||Right Handed|
|Bowling style||Right arm medium / off spin|
|Role||Middle Order Batsman|
|Domestic team information|
|2004–present||Northamptonshire (squad no. 8)|
Source: CricketArchive, 6 May 2017
Alex George Wakely (born 3 November 1988) is an English cricketer who currently plays for Northamptonshire and is a former captain of the England under-19s. He is a right-hand batsman, bowls off-breaks and sometimes medium pace bowling.
Born 3 November 1988 in Hammersmith, London, Wakely attended Bedford School. While at the school Wakely was coached by the former England batsman Derek Randall. After his A-levels, Wakely chose to focus on playing cricket professionally.
In 2004, Wakely joined the staff of Northamptonshire whilst still in full-time education. He scored 81* on his Northamptonshire Second XI debut aged just 15. In July 2007, he made his first-class debut for Northamptonshire against Somerset. He made scores of 38 and 66, as well as taking two wickets including that of Marcus Trescothick. He played three more first-class matches in 2007 but after scoring 55 against Nottinghamshire he managed only single figure scores in his last five innings. After that poor run of form, he had a spell in the second XI before returning to the first XI in 2009. On 16 June that year, Wakely scored his maiden first class century against Glamorgan, scoring 113*. For the 2010 season, Wakely was given more of a first team role and began to realise his potential with a century against Middlesex at Lord's.
For the 2013 season, Wakely captained the Northants team in limited overs cricket. This proved to be a successful move; the team finished second in its group in the 40 over league, and won the T20 competition. Wakely played in all of the T20 matches that season and played a key role in the final, scoring 59 from 30 balls.
He returned for the 2015 season recovered, and having been appointed captain in all forms of cricket. He scored two first class centuries in the season, including a personal highest score of 123 against Leicestershire. Northants once again reached the final of the T20 competition, but this time lost to Lancashire. The next year, Northants returned to Twenty20 finals day with Wakely again captain, and were this time victorious. He was involved in century partnerships in both the semi-final and the final. In the semi, against Notts he and Ben Duckett took Northants from 15/3 to 138/4, himself scoring 53 from 45 balls. The final was versus Durham, and Wakely came in to bat with the score at 9/3, and shared in a partnership of 120 with Josh Cobb.
Wakely was picked for the England under-19s tour of Sri Lanka in 2006/07. He scored England's only century of the tri-nation series with 108 from 140 balls against Sri Lanka. In August, he scored a century on his 'Test' debut for England under-19s against Pakistan. On 1 October 2007, he was selected as the England under-19s captain for the 2008 World Cup
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