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Alex Loudon

A talented off spinner who is classed as a genuine all-rounder and has developed well during the 2005 season after joining Warwickshire from Kent, where he had spent three years on the books.

Has progressed through a traditional route, having been head boy at Eton College where he developed a doosra-style delivery before graduating from Durham University and moving into county cricket.

Captained England at the Under 15 World Cup in 1996 and four years later he was skipper again for the Under 19 World Cup in Sri Lanka, where he played alongside future Warwickshire team-mate Ian Bell.

Represented Durham UCCE for three years from 2001 to 2003 and featured for British Universities in his final year as a student.

Claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in first class cricket in 2004 when he took 5-53 against Middlesex at Southgate and took 6-47 against the same opponents at Canterbury in his final appearance for Kent.

Produced several impressive performances for Warwickshire in 2005 with both bat and ball, including an unbeaten 73 against his former employers in the totesport League.

Also hit 95 not out to lead the Bears to a three-wicket win against Middlesex at Lord’s in the Frizzell County Championship.

His all-round abilities were rewarded with a place in the 17-man England Test squad to tour Pakistan in the winter, his first overseas trip with the senior team.

Featured in the first tour match against a Patron's XI in Rawalpindi, making three not out and bowling four overs, but was not involved in the Test series and was released during the third Test to join up with members of the Academy in Mumbai, India.

Subsequently selected in the England A squad for the spring 2006 tour of the West Indies and then in the 25-man England development squad.

In June 2006 was selected in England's squad for the NatWest Series against Sri Lanka and made his debut in the third match at Durham.

Failed to make the final squad after being named in England's initital 30-man party for the ICC Champions Trophy, but was included in the England A party to tour Bangladesh in early 2007.

Put in a man of the match performance with bat and ball in the first Test and was a valuable member of the squad which won the series 1-0 and came out victorious 2-1 in the one-dayers.

He retired in 2007 to pursue a career in the city.