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Mark Wagh

Born to an English Mother and an Indian father who moved to England in 1968, Wagh’s earliest cricketing memory was formed in an apartment-block courtyard in Mumbai with his cricket-playing uncle. He was raised in Birmingham but there is no trace of a West Midlands twang in his sophisticated demeanour.

He made his first class debut for Oxford University and captained the side against Cambridge in the 1997 varsity match. He made his Warwickshire debut against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in the same year, opening the batting with Andy Moles and scoring 25 runs before falling to Paul Franks.

After starting his career with his home county, the patient and technically-correct top order batsman was released from his contract at Edgbaston at the end of 2006 in search of a fresh challenge.

Notts proved the ideal destination, as Wagh produced a consistent sequence of big scores in both Championship and one-day cricket to pick up the Player of the Year award for 2007.

He scored more than 1,300 first-class runs and at one stage hit 50 or more in eight innings in a row, including three hundreds, and also finished as the Outlaws leading scorer in one-day cricket, with 638 runs in the three competitions, with seven more half-centuries.

Wagh made his Warwickshire debut in 1997, the same year in which he captained Oxford University. He passed 1,000 runs for the season on four occasions to establish himself as one of the county's most consistent batsmen.


In 2001 he produced a marathon 10 and a half hour innings to score 315 against Middlesex at Lord's, which helped him earn a call-up to the Academy tour to Australia that winter. After helping the Bears lift the Championship trophy in 2004 he was named in England's preliminary squad for the ICC Champions Trophy.

However, a serious knee injury in 2005 ruled him out for the season. He returned to hit two centuries in 2006 before signing a three-year deal at Trent Bridge, a deal that has since been extended to commit him to the club until the end of the 2012 season.

Wagh was the only Nottinghamshire player to register 1,000 LV County Championship runs in 2008 and scored 813 at an average of 36.95 in 2009.

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