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England wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter has signed a three-year extension with Somerset, which will keep him at Taunton till the end of the 2017 county season.
Kieswetter joined Somerset in 2006 and fast became one of their most prolific players.
“I am absolutely over the moon for this opportunity to be able to commit myself further to SCCC,” Kieswetter said. “From the very beginning of my career the club has helped and guided me to achieve levels of performance I am proud of. Throughout every corner of the county there are people passionate about the club, and so to be able to be part of something that has such a loyal following it’s extremely humbling.
“I have had plenty of ups and downs throughout my professional and international career, but there is always one factor that remains a complete positive for me – and that is being part of this club.
“I love playing for Somerset. It’s my home and I am so excited about the next three years. I believe there is a lot exciting talent coming through and I’m looking forward to helping develop the personnel and the club to even higher success. We are Somerset.”
Somerset’s director of cricket, Dave Nosworthy, added: “With the amount of ability and the track record that Craig has, any team would be delighted to have signed him – and so naturally so are we.
“Craig is one of the more naturally talented players around who has the ability to turn a game on its head, both with bat in hand and with the gloves. He is a natural striker of the ball who in my mind still has much more ability which we have not yet even seen. He is a quality wicket keeper with added agility, and is also a member of the team who shows some leadership traits.
“The new deal is good news for the club and I am sure that like us he will be very pleased to be able to continue his prolific career here at the County Ground.”