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Bairstow made his first-class debut for Yorkshire in 2009. © Getty
Jonny Bairstow, the England wicketkeeper-batsman, has extended his contract with Yorkshire by three years, the county confirmed on Wednesday (January 9). Despite holding talks with the club towards the end of the last domestic season, a busy international calendar meant that the signing of the new contract was delayed a bit.
“It’s another high profile, high-class, world-class international cricketer pledging three further years to the club and it is fantastic news,” said Martyn Moxon Director of Cricket for Yorkshire.
“He’s a great role model that we can use for our younger players. His ability on the field is unquestionable and, when he comes back to play for us, he’s a match-winner for us. It’s fantastic to have Jonny connected with the club and, although we might not see too much of him in playing terms, for him to be associated to and connected with the club is great.
“He’s a talented cricketer that people want to watch. He’s an entertainer and also such a quality player. He’s proved himself to be world class and it’s important he’s playing for Yorkshire now and nobody else,” Moxon added.
Bairstow, who made his first-class debut for Yorkshire in 2009 – a year after he featured in his maiden appearance for Yorkshire’s second team at the age of 17 – has scored in excess of 11,000 runs in first-class cricket with 24 hundreds and 60 half-centuries till date. More than 6000 of those runs have come in the 92 matches that he has played for Yorkshire, at an average of of 51.15 with 15 hundreds and 35 fifties.
“I’m very pleased to have signed my extension. It has taken a little while to get it sorted with a few bits going on, but I’m really pleased to have signed the extension,” Bairstow told yorkshireccc.com. “Hopefully we can build on last year because there are still things we need to do in order to get back to the top of the County Championship. We did quite well in one-day cricket but at the end of the day we want to be winning competitions.”