Leaders are born and not made. Alex Wakely defines the term perfectly. He knows the art of getting the best out of his team. This was recognized by England pretty early and they made him the skipper of the under-19 WC team of 2008. Unfortunately, he played in only 4 games in the tourney and accumulated only 28 runs. At the age of 24 in 2013, Alex was made the skipper of the Northants limited overs teams. And that yielded immediate results as Northamptonshire won their maiden T20 crown as they thumped Surrey in the finals. A serious Achilles tendon injury almost jeopardized his career and he missed the entire season of 2014. But he roared back from injury and lifted the title for the second time with the Steelbacks in 2016 after finishing runners-up in 2015. Alex has been with the club since the age of 13 and was made full time captain in 2015. His numbers with the bat have never been flamboyant but as a leader he has been exemplary for the club.