Wednesday 27 October 2010 

Buttler Signs Three-Year Somerset Contract

Buttler Signs Three-Year Somerset Contract
Buttler Signs Three-Year Somerset Contract
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Somerset wicket-keeper Jos Buttler has signed a new three-year contract the club following a breakthrough season, culminating in his selection for England's Hong Kong Sixes team.

With Craig Kieswetter's increasing involvement with the senior team, Buttler was often entrusted with the gloves, scoring his maiden first-class century and starring as Somerset made it to the final of the Friends Provident t20.

"I am very pleased to have signed a new three year contract. I had a fantastic season in 2010 which far exceeded my own expectations so to be able to commit to another three years at Somerset is brilliant," Buttler told the club's website (www.somersetcountycc.co.uk).

"I was a bit more comfortable playing one day cricket this season and during the winter I will be looking to develop my championship game so that next year I will be strong in all formats of the game."

Director of cricket Brian Rose added: "Jos has made a great impact in one day cricket where we have been competing in every game that we have played and his success has been highly publicised. Some of the innings' that he has played for someone of his age has been quite outstanding. It reminds me of a young Ian Botham demonstrating that sort of talent at that level straight away in one day cricket.

"He has got a lot of work to do still in the first class game and that is what we will probably be concentrating on with him over the next six months. One area he needs to work on is tightening up his technique early on and that's what we will be focussing on over this winter.

"I think by giving Jos a three year contract we have given him the chance to progress in both the cricket he is playing and the financial rewards he is receiving, which makes a lot of sense and is important for a young person coming into the game at his age."

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