In profile: Alex Wyatt

Full name: Alexander Charles Frederick Wyatt
Birthplace/date: Roehampton, London, July 23, 1990
Clubs you have played for? Leicestershire CCC (Young Cricketers, Academy, Professional Staff)
Biggest influences on your career? Passion for sport has always been high in the family and with my grandfather captaining England at hockey I have always been encouraged to enjoy and play as much sport as possible.
Frank Hayes (Lancashire and England) and David Steele (Northamptonshire and England) made cricket extremely enjoyable and competitive at Oakham School and throughout my early years as well as on the staff at Leicestershire. Lloyd Tennant (ex-Leicestershire and Essex) has helped me enormously with my bowling progression. 
 
Best player you have played alongside? I have had the pleasure of playing alongside and sharing a changing room with many legends, including the likes of Matthew Hoggard, Harry Gurney and Matthew Boyce. It is therefore difficult to pick just one player, however, growing up in the same team as James Taylor and Josh Cobb as a bowler made life slightly tricky in the nets!
 
Best player you have played against? Andrew Strauss, after playing against him in one of his last first-class games. Thinking it was going to be a very long day after he timed me for four boundaries off decent stock deliveries around top of off stump, I was very glad to see the back of him with a faint edge to the keeper.  
 
Favourite grounds? As viewing grounds go around the world, The Wanderers and Newlands in South Africa are hard to beat. In terms of playing, I have enjoyed different levels of success at Northampton and enjoy the bounce and carry I get there.
 
What have been your cricketing highlights? Playing against the West Indies and getting Ramnaresh Sarwan out, a man who was later to become my captain, was pretty enjoyable! Taking 3-14 on my T20 debut for Leicestershire with the team winning off the penultimate ball at Durham was also a great feeling (not only for the fact I avoided having to face Graham Onions bowling at me on a green seamer!).
What do you enjoy most about playing for Shropshire? It is a bit difficult to answer this question after one game but all the guys seem to really enjoy their cricket, so it should be a pleasure to share their company on the field this season and win some games for the county.
Hopes for the season? My aim is to contribute as much as I can towards success at Shropshire as well as Ticknall CC in the Derbyshire Premier League.
Long-term cricketing ambitions? I believe my best years are ahead of me as a bowler and my aim is to get back playing first-class cricket as soon as possible.
Favourite other sports? I am a fair weather golfer and play tennis and table tennis when I get the opportunity. I especially love watching Leicester Tigers do well at Welford Road and who knows Leicester City may win the Premier League this weekend!
 
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