Adam Wheater has left Essex to further his career as a wicket-keeper at Hampshire. Wheater, 23, has been at the Club for five years, making his debut in 2008 versus Cambridge UCCE but has expressed his desire to be a wicket-keeping batsman.
He has found his opportunities limited as a wicket-keeper, due to the form of James Foster and the rise of Ben Foakes, so he decided to buy-out his contract to pursue his wicket-keeping prospects with Hampshire.
He has made 50 First-Class appearances for the County, scoring 2463 runs at an average 39.09. Adam will now move to Hampshire Cricket Club after spending the winter in New Zealand with Northern Districts.
Essex Head Coach Paul Grayson said, “Over the winter months, Adam made it very clear that he would like to progress his wicket-keeping. He is the third choice keeper at Essex behind James Foster and Ben Foakes, and Hampshire have given him assurances that he will be their first choice at the Club.
“It is always sad to lose a player you have nurtured from a young age but we understand that to progress his career in his preferred role in the team he will need to change Club.
“I would like to thank Adam for his contribution to Essex over the years and we wish him the best of luck for the future.”
Essex County Cricket Club Chairman, Nigel Hilliard said, “This has been a difficult decision for the Club. We take great pride in the players developed in our youth system and it is always sad when they have to leave to progress their careers. However, it is not practical to keep three wicket-keepers at one County and Adam now has the opportunity to fulfil his potential elsewhere. We wish him well.”