Sheffield’s Joe Root hopes to be a part of a golden era for Yorkshire cricket, after committing his long-term future to his home county yesterday.
England batsman Root, currently touring Sri Lanka with his country, was one of 10 players to extend their deals at Headingley, and will remain a Yorkshire player until at least 2016.
Although his England commitments limited his appearances for the White Rose county last season, he did play the final two games as Yorkshire sealed the County Championship trophy.
And the 23-year-old said: “I am delighted to be committing my long-term future to Yorkshire.
“Even though I haven’t played many games for the club over the past couple of years due to England commitments, it is an honour every time I return to play.
“Under the guidance of coaches Martyn Moxon and Jason Gillespie, the club is making tremendous progress, and to play a small part in the club’s Championship success last season was a moment I’ll cherish for a long time.
“The staff have a tremendous ethos, which will stand the club in good stead for the coming years.
“I am looking forward to playing my part in what should be a very exciting era for Yorkshire cricket.”
Adil Rashid and Andrew Hodd have also signed two-year deals at Headingley, while Moin Ashraf and James Wainman have penned one-year extensions. England U19 trio Karl Carver, Matthew Fisher and Josh Shaw are handed professional contracts, while Ryan Gibson and former Sheffield Collegiate youngster Eliot Callis signed senior Academy contracts which run until the end of 2015.
Tykes director of cricket Moxon added: “It is absolutely fantastic that Joe has re-signed.
“He is a great role model for our young lads and the other members of our squad, and it’s great to have him so committed.
“He’s going from strength to strength, and to bounce back the way he did after a tricky winter with England in Australia shows the measure of the man, his character and talent.”