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Alastair Cook extends Essex contract by one-year

Alastair Cook played an integral part in Essex's Division Two triumph.
Alastair Cook played an integral part in Essex's Division Two triumph.
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England Test captain Alastair Cook has extended his contract with Essex County Cricket Club, which won the Division Two title in the 2016 County Championship.

In the 2016 season, Cook played seven games for Essex in Division Two and scored 643 runs at an average of 91.86, playing a huge role in the club securing promotion to Division One.

Stating that it was an easy decision to extend his stay at Essex, Cook said that being able to contribute to the club’s success in a title winning season meant a lot to him.

“It was an easy decision to sign with the club for another year.

“Although I am away with England a lot, this club means a lot to me and I am grateful for the opportunity they gave me as a youngster.

“I love coming back to the club when I can and contributing to a title winning season meant a great deal.”

In a media release by Essex, the head coach Chris Silverwood said that he is looking forward to seeing Cook contribute to the side in the next season as they aim to stabilise their position in Division One.

“Although Cooky is away with England a lot of the time it is still brilliant to have him back when he is available.

“He offers the squad a wealth of knowledge and also a weight of runs.

“Hopefully at the start of next summer he can be about a bit more and contribute to stabilising our position in Specsavers County Championship Division One.”

In the recently concluded County Championship, Essex secured a total haul of 235 points and won six games out of the 16 matches they played in the season.

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