Root signs contract extension to stay with Yorkshire till 2016

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It’s a great club and I love playing there”

England batsman Joe Root has signed a contract extension that will see him stay with Yorkshire till 2016.

Root, who made his county debut four years ago, believes his team have an excellent chance of winning the County Championship this season.

“I’m really please and I’m chuffed to bits with it,” Root said. “It’s a great club and I love playing there. I’ve obviously played there my whole career and spending another couple of years there will be really enjoyable and it’s a great squad so hopefully we can win some silverware.

“We’ve prepared really well in pre-season and we’ve got a lot of good lads in form and a lot of strength and depth in the squad so I don’t see why we can’t we right up there in all formats.”

Root also revealed that he will be fully fit by the end of month after breaking his thumb during England’s limited overs tour of the Caribbean.

“It’s one of those things and you can’t really rush it but I had another x-ray today and that looked all ok so fingers crossed by the end of the month I’ll be back playing again,” he said. “I want to get going again, whenever you’re injured you see everyone else playing and it makes you hungry to get back into it so it will be good to get amongst it again with Yorkshire and hopefully get off to a good start.”

Yorkshire’s director of cricket, Martyn Moxon, was ecstatic to have secured the services of Root for another two years.

“We are delighted that Joe has committed his long-term future to the club,” he said. “He is one of the brightest talents in the game and will be part of Yorkshire and England’s plans for many years to come. His desire to be the best that he can is a perfect example to our young players that if you work hard on your skills and have total commitment, you can achieve almost anything in your profession.

“He is only 18 months into his England career and is already an established member of the national side.

“I’m looking forward to seeing Joe continue his progression as a Yorkshire and England cricketer.”

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