Somerset batsman and England Lions captain over the winter James Hildreth has been handed a new three-year contract at the club.
Hildreth, 26, put pen to paper ahead of the LV= County Championship match against Worcestershire, telling the club's official website (www.somersetcountycc.co.uk):
"I am very happy to commit myself to the club for another three years. I have always been very proud playing for Somerset and look forward to a big future.
"The squad we have got now is impressive in that currently we have got the capability of winning trophies, but also you can see from the young lads coming through that there is huge potential for the future, so both signs are quite bright.
"I have been associated with Somerset since I played for the Under-11s and have never wanted to play my cricket anywhere else.
"I am ambitious to play for England and hopefully that can happen during the period covered by my new contract, but my priority is to make a lot of runs for the club."
Hildreth made his debut for Somerset in 2003 and has since gone on to play 121 first-class matches, 127 one-day games since 2002 as well as 77 Twenty20 games.
He was capped by Somerset in 2007 and led the England Lions this winter in the Caribbean. He also featured as a substitute fielder in England's 2005 Ashes win over Australia on home soil.
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