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    Rhodes gazes ahead as he reaches his 100th First Class match
Rhodes gazes ahead as he reaches his 100th First Class match
Rhodes gazes ahead as he reaches his 100th First Class match. Source: Warwickshire CCC

Rhodes gazes ahead as he reaches his 100th First Class match

During his impressive start to the 2024 Vitality County Championship, Will Rhodes achieved two major milestones: his 100th First Class game and 6,000 runs for the Bears.

Despite historically being 'slow out of the blocks', the 29-year-old showed no signs of winter rustiness as he hit 12 boundaries on his way to scoring 64 runs (from 92 balls) against Worcestershire.

On 22 March 2015, Rhodes made his First-class debut for Yorkshire during a pre-season tour in the UAE against an MCC side that included Alastair Cook and Chris Rushworth.

He performed well, taking two wickets and scoring 61 runs, the second-highest in the team.

Since then, he has had a successful red ball career, scoring 5,270 runs at an average of 34.43.

“My 100th game wasn’t a classic,” said the 29-year-old, “but it was good to get off to a decent start as in the past I’ve tended to be slow out of the blocks.”

Rhodes, who stepped down as captain last autumn, is one of only seven Warwickshire captains to have won the County Championship and has led the side since 2019, just a year after moving from his native Yorkshire.

He described his time as captain as an "incredible honour", but said the time was right to step aside and concentrate fully on his performances with bat and ball.

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