Yorkshire contract extension for England seamer


England fast bowler Liam Plunkett has signed a one-year contract extension with Yorkshire.

Plunkett, a four-time Championship winner, has taken just short of 450 first-class wickets and last year posted a career best 126 with the bat in a Championship draw against Hampshire at Headingley.

The 31-year-old, who joined the White Rose in October 2012 on a three-year deal, was England’s leading wicket-taker in the Caribbean last month, claiming 10 victims at nine runs apiece during the 3-0 clean sweep over West Indies.

“It’s my fifth season at the club and I joined at the same time as Jack Brooks,” he said. “Since I joined we’ve enjoyed nothing but success and it’s been good fun.

“Last year we just missed out, but during the previous two years we managed to win the Championship and hopefully this year we can do it again. We see last year as a blip and hopefully we can win the league this time around.

“I was born in Middlesbrough and still classed as a Yorkshireman. Darren Gough was one of my childhood heroes and I used to love watching him play. So coming to the club where these guys played is very special. It’s a great place to play with so many Club legends. Some of them are still around now like Ryan Sidebottom and it’s great to be involved with such a historic club.”