Wayne Madsen’s reputation blossomed in 2013 with the greater attention given to Derbyshire following their promotion to Division One of the Championship. Derbyshire were relegated immediately but their captain, Madsen, proved a formidable opponent, scoring 1,221 Championship runs and being the first player to reach 1,000 runs in Division One. He was named as Championship cricketer of the year by the Cricket Writers’ Club.
Although one of the securer top-order batsmen in the country, international honours never came and when he accepted a new three-year contract at Derbyshire, at 34, inured once more to the normality of guiding them through a difficult Division Two campaign, it appeared as if he would see out his career with the county.
Madsen had tepped down from the Derbyshire captaincy before the 2016 season after five years during which his undemonstrative leadership style had commanded great respect, suggesting that he still harboured England ambitions, but lthough the runs and the county awards kept coming, England’s interest was not quickened.
Madsen, who was born in Durban, South Africa, started his career with KwaZulu-Natal and played played four seasons for them – playing in the Lancashire leagues in the off-season – before heading to the UK full time in 2008.
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