The Yorkshire County Cricket Club is delighted to announce that combative wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow has signed a three-year contract extension with the club.

The 29-year-old held talks with the club towards the end of the season, however a busy international calendar and, more specifically England’s winter tour to Sri Lanka, as well as a desire to seek further assurances on the club’s future direction, meant his current contract was in danger of expiring. But Bairstow has signed a deal which will see his 18-year affiliation with the club continue for a further three years, keeping him at Emerald Headingley until the end of 2021.

“It’s another high profile, high-class, world-class international cricketer pledging three further years to the club and it is fantastic news,” said Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon.

“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.”

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