Breaking: Joe Root signs new contract at Yorkshire CCC

Sheffield's Joe Root
Sheffield's Joe Root

Joe Root has signed a new deal which will keep him at Yorkshire until 2019, the club have confirmed this morning.

The 25-year-old Sheffielders, regarded as one of the best top-order batsmen in the world, is set to play his final County Championship match with Yorkshire on Sunday against Surrey before joining up with the England squad ahead of the first Test at Headingley against Sri Lanka starting on Thursday May 19.

“I’m delighted to be committing my future to Yorkshire,” said Root,

“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.”

Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket, Martyn Moxon is delighted that the Sheffield Collegiate product has committed his long-term future to the Club.

“I’m delighted that Joe has signed an extension,” added Moxon.

“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.”