Tom William Hartley (born 3 May 1999) is an English cricketer who plays for Lancashire and the England national team. He made his first-class debut on 1 August 2020, for Lancashire in the 2020 Bob Willis Trophy. He made his Twenty20 debut on 27 August 2020, for Lancashire in the 2020 t20 Blast. In April 2022, he was bought by the Manchester Originals for the 2022 season of The Hundred. He bowled the first ever delivery in the history of the men’s Hundred in the first edition of the tournament in 2021.
He made his ODI debut for England against Ireland in September 2023. Hartley was selected to play for England in their five match test series against India in January 2024 and the decision to select him as one of the frontline spinners for the tour raised eyebrows of many as it ended up as a surprising choice. Prior to his callup, he participated in an England Lions training camp in Abu Dhabi and the training camp was meant to handpick spin bowling options for England at test level. However, his stint with England Lions was cut short when he was named in England's ODI squad to face West Indies in December 2023.
England's debutant spinner Tom Hartley took 7/62 on day 4 (Jan 28) of the first Test against India in Hyderabad to help his team win by 28 runs. India were in the hunt when Ravi Ashwin (28) and KS Bharat (28) were batting and added 57 runs for the eight wicket. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj kept England at bay with the last wicket partnership of 25 runs but India eventually were dismissed on 202 in the final over of the day as England took a 1-0 lead in the five-Test series.
The credit for England's win must also go to Ollie Pope who scored a magnificent 196 in the second innings to take England past 400 early on the day 4. India, however, had a good start in the chase of 231 with Yashasvi Jaiswal and skipper Rohit Sharma adding 42 runs for the first wicket. Debutant Tom Hartley then took two wickets in space of three balls to send back Jaiswal (15) and Shubman Gill (0). Skipper Sharma departed soon, again off Hartley, as India promoted Axar Patel at number 5.
The move worked a bit as Patel and KL Rahul added 32 runs for the fourth wicket before Hartley took his fourth to dismiss Patel (17). KL Rahul was then trapped LBW by Joe Root as half of Indian team sat back in the dressing room for 107. After Jadeja's run out by Ben Stokes via a no-look throw, Shreyas Iyer was also taken out of the match by injured Jack Leach to leave India at 119/7.
Earlier in the day, England continued from their overnight score of 316/7 and added 104 runs more before being dismissed on 420 at the stroke of lunch. Jasprit Bumrah was pick of the bowlers for India with four wickets. For visitors, Ollie Pope top scored with a magnificent 196 before being bowled by Bumrah to wrap up England's innings.
England are looking to win their first Test series in India since 2012 when they won the four-match series 2-1. Since then, England have just managed to win just one Test in nine matches played across two tours in 2016 and 2020/21.