Alexander Guy Rushworth Loudon
(born 6 September 1980 in Westminster
) is a former English cricketer
. A right-handed batsman and off spin
bowler, he was considered a promising future international player.
Raised in the family home of Olantigh
in Kent, Loudon was educated at Wellesley House
and Eton College
, where he was President of the Eton Society. There he captained the 1st XI, and subsequently the Durham University
1st XIDavid Fulton: In: The Times
7 June 2007 while studying at Collingwood College
, and captained both the England Under-15 and England Under-19 teams. He was awarded the NBC Denis Compton Award
He started his professional career at Kent
before moving to Warwickshire
. Initially known for his batting, in later years he worked hard to improve his bowling, gaining recognition as an all-rounder
. An off spin bowler, he was reported to be working on the doosra
, the much-discussed variation ball which turns the other way, although by his own admission his technique was still at an inconsistent stage.
Loudon was selected for the 17-man Test
squad to tour Pakistan
in autumn 2005, when England were looking for a second spinner
in addition to Ashley Giles
. However, he was not called upon to play.
He was subsequently called up as a part of the 15-man squad for the One Day Internationals versus Sri Lanka in June 2006, playing a solitary game. He took 0/36 off 6 overs and was run out without facing a ball
. He was not selected for either... Read More