Wessels to remain at Trent Bridge

Batsman Riki Wessels has committed his future to Nottinghamshire by signing a new three-year contract.

The Australian-born 30-year-old, who also has the ability to keep wicket, will continue to ply his trade at Trent Bridge until the end of the 2018 campaign.

Wessels, son of former Australia and South Africa international Kepler Wessels, has compiled 6,792 runs in 177 appearances for Nottinghamshire since signing from Northamptonshire in 2011.

He has flourished over the past two campaigns, topping 1,000 first-class runs in each, and has become a vital member of Mick Newell’s squad.

“We knew Riki was a highly-talented player when he came here and since then he has blossomed fantastically in all forms of the game,” director of cricket Newell said.

Riki Wessels has played 177 times for Nottinghamshire since arriving at Trent Bridge in 2011

“We pride ourselves on making players that come to Trent Bridge better and Riki is a good example of that.

“He’s a good team man, he bats at six, he bats at one, he bats at three, he bats all over the place and does his job very efficiently.

“He also fields at slip and short-leg and he keeps wicket when Chris Read’s not around. He’s got so many things to offer and his team-mates appreciate everything he does.”

Wessels also displayed his leadership skills in 2015, standing in as skipper when Chris Read and England international James Taylor were not available.

“He’s got older, he’s grown up, he’s matured and he’s developed a much greater understanding of what a professional cricketer needs to do,” Newell added. 

“He’s a leader within our team; important to us in all three forms of the game and a terrific role model for our younger players.”

Source: ECB

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