Date of birth – 12 November 1985 Queensland, Australia
Nottinghamshire First Class Debut – 29 May 2011 v Worcestershire (New Road)
Riki Wessels has been an outstanding acquisition for Nottinghamshire, since joining the county in 2011 after a previous spell with Northants.
The aggressive, right-handed batsman has scored more than 10,000 runs in that time, across all three formats and he was an ever-present for the county during their hugely-successful 2017 campaign.
Acknowledged as one of the cleanest ball-strikers around, he thrust himself into the record books last July, by becoming the first Outlaws batsman to score a century in T20 cricket, an innings of 110 versus Derbyshire at Trent Bridge.
Wessels also scored three hundreds in championship cricket last year, including a career best effort of 202 not out, made against Sussex.
His dynamic opening stands with Alex Hales were instrumental in giving the side a flying start in many white ball encounters and he deservedly could feel proud at the part he played in last season’s triumphs.
Several overseas franchises have been alerted to his powerful hitting and he has spent various stints in the Bangladesh and Pakistan Premier Leagues, as well as a season with Sydney Sixers in Australia’s Big Bash.
A former Nottinghamshire Player of the Year, his all-round value to the county has seen him deputise on occasions for Chris Read in the past, not only with the wicketkeeping gloves but also as first team captain.
The son of Kepler, the former Australia and South African opening batsman, Wessels has completed a lengthy qualification period to become eligible if England call, so he has every incentive to deliver some stellar performances in 2018.