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YORKSHIRE HAND TWO-YEAR DEAL TO LYTH

Opening batsman has extended his stay at Headingley until the end of 2020

Adam Lyth has signed a two-year contract extension at Yorkshire, keeping him at Headingley until the end of 2020.

The former England international, who has scored 22 first-class centuries for the county, averaged 25.23 from 23 innings in Division One of the County Championship last season.

However, the 30-year-old excelled in the T20 Blast, where he racked up 535 runs in 12 appearances to become Yorkshire's top runscorer in the competition in 2017.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” he told Yorkshire's official website. “I’ve been at the Club since I was 11 years old and I was absolutely thrilled to sign an extension. Hopefully I can go and win some more trophies with this great Club.

“I couldn’t see myself playing anywhere else to be honest. It’s a great Club with a fantastic history and hopefully we can put some more trophies in the cabinet over the next few years.

Adam Lyth has signed a new contract at Yorkshire

“I’ve known most of these guys all my career and they’re my best mates.

"I want to play for as long as I can with this fantastic group of players. We’ve got a great coaching staff and hopefully we’re in for a good year.”

Director of cricket Martyn Moxon said Lyth remains a "very important" player for Yorkshire in all formats.

“He’s a really important player for us in all three formats of the game going forward,” said Moxon.

“We’re delighted he’s agreed to sign on until the end of 2020 and hopefully he can get back to scoring the volume of runs in the County Championship, that he did in One-Day cricket last year.

“He’s a three dimensional cricketer for us so he’s very important. If Adam is playing well for us it goes along way to us doing well as a team. He’s a good role model, while his appetite to learn and for hard work is still there so he’s an excellent example for the group.”

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