17-year-old wicket-keeper-batsman Ben Cox has signed a four-year contract with Worcestershire which will see him join the club on a full-time professional contract next summer when he completes his A-levels.
Cox was allowed out of school at Bromsgrove to make his first-class debut against Somerset, where he scored 61 and had Marcus Trescothick as his maiden dismissal in first-class cricket.
Director of cricket Steve Rhodes said in a statement:
"Ben will finish his A levels next summer and then join us on a full time professional contract. He is a very good athlete and has chosen cricket as his future sport - a decision we are delighted about. He is a product of our Academy under the guidance of Damian D'Oliveira. He showed real character on his debut and I look forward to working with him over the next few years."
Cox added: "I am delighted to sign for Worcestershire and I am already looking forward to the challenges ahead in the future years. Being a local lad and having played in the youth setup and Academy, I would like to thank the Club, particularly Steve Rhodes and Damian D'Oliveira, for giving me this opportunity. I am very excited for the coming season and look to further my development and to perform to the best of my ability and in the best interests of the Club."
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