Northants: Graeme White backs squad to fill Alex Wakely void

Alex Wakely

Northants spinner Graeme White believes there is enough talent in the squad to cope with the season-ending injury to limited-overs captain Alex Wakely.

The 25-year-old batsman suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon on the team's pre-season tour of Barbados last week.

"We're all really gutted that we're going to miss him for the season, but we've got to try to fill that void," White told BBC Northampton.

"It won't be easy, but there's enough ability in the squad to cope with it."

White said news that Wakely is likely to miss the whole season after surgery will hit their one-day campaign hardest.

The batsman averaged 29.30 on the way to guiding Northants to the FLt20 title last season.

"It's a massive loss. He was fantastic in the one-dayers," White said.

"His captaincy was brilliant to lead the club to a first trophy in a long time and he personally was phenomenal.

"But I think that will spur us on during the season to win back some silverware, not only for the club but also for him."

White signed a two-year contract with Northants in October after four years with Nottinghamshire, bringing him back to the club where he started his career.

With the club newly promoted to Division One of the County Championship, the 26-year-old said he was determined to help them establish themselves at the top level.

"It's the club I've been associated with since I was young and that gave me the first stepping stones into cricket," he said.

"I want to give back as much as I can to the club and try to keep them up in the first division.

"The squad that we've got now is even stronger than last season so it's an exciting time for Northants."