Adam Wheater has signed a new contract at Essex that should keep him at the Ford County Ground until the end of the 2012 season. The 19-year-old wicket-keeper/batsman made his full debut in the 2008 season and has found his place as back-up for James Foster in Essex's squad.
"Adam is a talented young cricketer," coach Paul Grayson told the club's official website (www.essexcricket.org.uk).
"There are a number of exciting new young players coming through the system that have committed to the club long-term, and that is a very positive sign. Adam knows he obviously has a lot of work to do to remove the wicket keeper gloves from James Foster, but he is learning and improving all the time and he will become a first-class cricketer."
Wheater added: "I am delighted to have extended my contract with Essex. It is a place I can see myself playing cricket. I know I have a long way to go to earn a regular place in the team but I am very much looking forward to the challenge. I had a taster of what it is like to be in the First XI in 2009 and this has shown me that this is what I want to work towards."
A graphic illustration of why cricket is not played outdoors in the winter in the United Kingdom is shown with the attached photo of the Ford County Ground under a blanket of snow one week before Christmas.
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