A qualified PE teacher, 24-year-old Alex has put the classroom career on hold having been given a year's contract by the Bears.

Another recruit from Staffordshire, he is a capable batsman who bowls off-spin - an excellent all-round combination for a skipper to have at his disposal in T20.

Still awaiting his first chance in the Blast, Alex showed when given his championship debut last year, in at the deep end against Yorkshire at Headingley, that he is unfazed by the big occasion. With some first-class cricket under his belt also with Cardiff MCCU, and also having played for the Unicorns and Leek CC, Alex has had a broad cricketing education.

Now he's mustard-keen to keep learning - and keep that teaching career on hold.