Paul Franks

Paul Franks

A Notts man through-and-through, Franks first broke into the team at the age of 17 and soon established himself as a regular, claiming 63 wickets in 1999, as well as taking major strides forward with his batting to become a genuine all-rounder.

Franks forced his way into the England one-day squad and made a dream debut in front of a full house at Trent Bridge in 2001 but he suffered a major setback when a devastating knee injury kept him out of the game for 18 months.

He seemed to have got back to his best in 2004, finishing as the leading wicket-taker with 42 Championship victims, and was rewarded with a call-up to the England Academy for an A tour to the United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka.

In 2006 Franks played an important role in the Outlaws' run to the Twenty20 Cup Final, and no-one in Trent Bridge was more disappointed to lose out on lifting the trophy in front of his home crowd.

A man who wears his heart on his sleeve and who gives everything for the cause, he was rewarded with a Benefit Year for 2007 and was an important part of the side before an ankle injury limited his appearances in the second half of the season.

Franks signed a contract extension in 2008, tying him to the club until the end of the 2010 season.
He made just four LV= County Championship appearances in 2009 but has been earmarked as a ready made replacement for retiree Mark Ealham.

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