England One-Day International captainAlastair Cook has signed a new two-year contract with Essex which keeps him contracted to his club until the end of the 2013 season.
Cook, who first played for Essex 2003, is currently centrally contracted but retains close links with Essex.
"I am delighted to sign a two-year contract with Essex that will run until the 2013 season," Cook said.
"I have played at Essex all my life and they have always been very supportive when I play and when away with England. I look forward to being part of a young squad which I’m sure will win trophies and be successful in the coming years."
Essex Head Coach, Paul Grayson added: "Everyone at the Club is delighted that he has signed a further 2 years to his contract and we of course continue to appreciate the commitments he has with England. When Alastair is at the Club, he is an outstanding player with great professionalism and provides a huge influence to the younger players in the team with the way he conducts himself and trains.
"He has very promising years ahead of him and we will always welcome him back to Essex when he is not away with England."
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