Bowling: Right-arm off-break
Birth Place: Durban, South Africa
High Score: 231* (v Northamptonshire 2012)
Best Bowling Figures: 3-27 (v Durham 2013)
Date of Birth: 02/01/1984 (34 years old)
Sponsored by: John Sayers
Wayne Madsen has scored over 10,000 runs for Derbyshire across all forms and is widely regarded as one of the county game’s best batsman.
He signed a three-year contract extension in 2018, committing his long-term future to Derbyshire until the end of 2022, rounding off a season in which he hit over 1,000 first-class runs for the fifth time for the Club.
Well known for his skills in the red ball format, in 2017 he enjoyed the best ever campaign by a Derbyshire batsman in the shortest form.
He hit 526 runs in the Twenty20 competition, the most ever for the Club, which also included a joint record four fifties, at an average of 48. His efforts earned him top spot in PCA MVP rankings for the competition, labeling him as the top performer across the entire tournament.
Madsen made an immediate impact after signing for the Club in 2009, hitting two centuries in his first four games with the county and averaged 57.78 in the County Championship in his first season.
He became a solid presence at the top of the Derbyshire order and was named Club Captain in 2012, leading the county to Specsavers County Championship promotion and their first silverware since 1993. During that season he compiled a career-best 231 against Northamptonshire and shared a ninth-wicket partnership of 261 with Tom Poynton which was just 23 runs short of the world record.
Madsen enjoyed his best season of his professional career in 2013. He became the first player in the country to reach 1,000 Specsavers County Championship Division One runs during a standout 2013 season which brought a total of 1,239 first-class runs at 43.60 with three hundreds and eight fifties.
Madsen recorded back-to-back centuries in the Royal London One Day Cup in 2014 – his first two in the 50-over format – to lead Derbyshire to their first Quarter Final for nine years.
He also passed 9,000 first-class runs during the 2016 season and, for his services to the Club, he was awarded a testimonial year in 2017.