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MetLife Europe Limited (MetLife) is strengthening its support for England’s cricketers by renewing its bat sponsorship deal with record-breaking Ashes hero Jonathan Trott.
The number three batsman, whose 135 not out in the first Ashes Test helped break a series of records, has signed a two-year extension to his original one year deal with MetLife.
His partnership at The Gabba with Alastair Cook was the highest by an English pairing in Australia, the best by any duo in Brisbane as well as being the ninth highest in English Test history.
It was yet another milestone for the 29-year Warwickshire and England star who became only the second England player to score a century on his test debut against Australia in the series-winning Oval Test victory in 2009.
MetLife already sponsors the bat of England captain Andrew Strauss who hit 110 in the second innings of the drawn First Test. The contract with the two cricketers covers all England and county games plus some promotional work.
MetLife’s UK sporting sponsorship builds upon a long tradition of backing sport in the US where the MetLife group supports American football, golf, tennis, baseball and cycling.
Dominic Grinstead, Managing Director of MetLife’s UK branch, said: “We are delighted to be working with Jonathan and Andrew and look forward to backing them throughout the Ashes series”.
“The team deserves our support and we are pleased to be able to expand our sponsorship as part of our continuing investment in the UK retirement and savings market.”
MetLife pioneered unit-linked guarantees with its award-winning Retirement Portfolio and offers income, deferred income and capital guarantees plus guaranteed death benefits across its product range, with the option to lock-in up to 10% growth annually or unlimited growth every 2 ½ years.
MetLife is an affiliate of US-based MetLife, Inc. a leading global insurance and financial services organisation which counts the U.S.’s largest life insurer among its subsidiaries. The organisation is renowned for its stability, financial strength and security, and had over approximately £384.4billion (US$ 617.3 billion) of total assets as of September 30, 2010.