Monday 22 April 2013 

Clarke Commits to Champions Warwickshire with Four-Year Extension


England Lions all-rounder Rikki Clarke has committed his long-term future to LV= County Champions Warwickshire by signing a new four-year contract, which will extend his time at Edgbaston until at least the end of the 2017 season.

The 31 year-old joined the Bears in 2008, after spells with Surrey and Derbyshire, and has rewarded the Club with almost 3,000 First Class runs – including six centuries – and 127 wickets at an average of just over 27 runs.

Dougie Brown, Director of Cricket at Warwickshire CCC, said: “Rikki was instrumental in last year’s LV= County Championship success by scoring more than 800 runs and taking 26 wickets. He’s arguable playing the best cricket of his career it’s no wonder that he’s now firmly back in the minds of the England selectors.

“Having a player in your side that consistently scores big runs at number seven and bowls in excess 85mph is a massive asset to any team, and all players and staff at Edgbaston are delighted that he’s committed his long-term future to Warwickshire.”

Commenting on his new deal, Rikki said: “I’ve talked quite a bit over the last few months about how much I love playing for Warwickshire and how Jim Troughton, Graeme Welch, Dougie Brown, and previously Ashley Giles, have made a massive impact on my career.

“However, I wanted to take my time over signing this extension as it’s come at a very important time in my career and I needed to ensure that it’s right for my family.

“I’m thrilled that I’ve been able to secure a new deal. We’ve got a great set-up and coaching team here at Edgbaston, many members of the squad have signed long-term contracts, and I expect us to be able to challenge for more trophies in the future.”

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