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Joe Root signs new contract with Yorkshire

Joe Root signs new contract with Yorkshire
In his 88 first-class games, Joe Root has scored 6721 runs at an average of 55.05 .
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England vice-captain Joe Root has extended his contract with Yorkshire by signing a new 42 months deal which extends till December 2019.

Root, who made his first-class debut for Yorkshire in 2010 has currently established himself as one the mainstays of the England batting line-up.

From 39 Tests, Root has scored 3406 runs at an average of 54.93 and has smashed nine centuries along with 19 fifties.

The 25-year-old is currently among the top 10 batsmen in all the three formats of the game and was the top run scorer for England in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20.

Yorkshire have managed to secure back-to-back county championships in the last two seasons and Root is backing his team to secure a hat-trick of wins.

Root also credited his international success to the education he received from the coaches at Yorkshire in his early playing days.

“I’m delighted to be committing my future to Yorkshire,” Root told the county’s website.

“Even though I don’t play as much as I would like for Yorkshire these days due to my international commitments, I still get a huge buzz wearing the white rose on my cap and representing my county.

“I couldn’t see myself playing cricket for any other county.

“Yorkshire have given me a great education and foundation as a cricketer and without the support of the players and coaches at Headingley, I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in today with England.

“The club have a huge summer ahead looking to be crowned County Champions for a third successive year and I wish the lads every success in the world in trying to achieve their dreams.
“It would be a monumental effort.”

Martyn Moxon, the director of cricket at Yorkshire, has praised Root and stated that the right- hander has quickly established himself as one of the best batsmen.

“He has made tremendous strides over the past few years on the international scene and is now up there amongst best players in the world.

“Even though we don’t see him representing Yorkshire that often, when he does play he brings experience, energy and skill to the side.

“We saw that only this week at Trent Bridge in our match against Notts.

“I hope he can sign off with us with a big performance against Surrey at Headingley on Sunday.

“He is maturing into a world-class player and I am sure he will continue to achieve everything he wants starting this summer for England against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

“We’ll all be watching on hoping he and the other Yorkshire lads succeed.”

Root will be eager to add more batting records to his tally when England take on Sri Lanka in the upcoming Test series at home which begins on 19th May in Leeds.

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