Alex Wakely, Northants’ two-time T20-winning captain, retires from professional cricket


Wakely captained an unfancied side to 2013 and 2016 titles

Alex Wakely, who captained Northamptonshire to two T20 titles, has announced his retirement from all forms of professional cricket with immediate effect at the age of 32.

A hard-working middle-order batter in all formats, Wakely became Northants’ white-ball captain in late 2012. The club were in the midst of a financial crisis – Gavin Warren, the chairman, admitted they were “counting every loo roll” – but embraced a data-driven approach in both playing style and recruitment and shifted their training focus towards T20 cricket.

The results were immediate: Wakely led them to the Friends Life T20 title in 2013, missed the 2014 season through injury, led them the final in 2015, and won back the NatWest Blast title in 2016. Alongside Nottinghamshire’s Dan Christian (2017 and 2020), Wakely is one of two men to captain a winning side in two T20 finals in county cricket.

While their batting was largely powered by the six-hitting prowess of Richard Levi, Cameron White, Ben Duckett, Josh Cobb and David Willey, Wakely performed an important role in the middle order, epitomised by 59 not out off 30 in the 2013 final and two gritty rebuilding efforts on Finals Day in 2016.