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 2000 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.

He made just four LV= County Championship appearances in 2009 but was been earmarked as a ready made replacement for retiree Mark Ealham.

In both 2005 and 2010 he was part of the title-wiinning squads and over his career he has scored over 6800 runs and taken over 500 wickets.