Cook signs new Essex deal

ENGLAND one-day captain Alastair Cook has signed a new two-year deal with Essex that will run until the 2013 season.

The opening batsman, who had a prolific series as England retained the Ashes in Australia during the winter, said: “I am delighted to sign a two-year contract with Essex that will run until the 2013 season.

“I have played at Essex all my life and they have always been very supportive when I play and when away with England.”

Cook, who grew up playing his club cricket for Maldon, added: “I look forward to being part of a young squad which I’m sure will win trophies and be successful in the coming years.”

Essex head coach Paul Grayson said: “Everyone at the club is delighted that he has signed a further two years to his contract and we of course continue to appreciate the commitments he has with England.

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“When Alastair is at the club, he is an outstanding player with great professionalism and provides a huge influence to the younger players in the team with the way he conducts himself and trains.

“He has very promising years ahead of him and we will always welcome him back to Essex when he is not away with England.”

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