Gary Ballance has today signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at Emerald Headingley until the end of the 2021 campaign.

The Zimbabwe-born 29-year-old, who initially signed an Academy contract with Yorkshire at the end of 2007 before making his debut the following summer, has scored over 10,000 First-Class runs at an average of 47.53, with 6,899 of those coming for the White Rose in 102 matches.

The two-time County Championship winner, a linchpin in Yorkshire’s batting department, told yorkshireccc.com: “It’s great to be rewarded with a few extra years. I’ve been here for 11 years now and my aim is to finish my career here. Now I’ve signed the deal I can concentrate on scoring runs for Yorkshire and enjoying the summer.

“I’ve played here for such a long time, I love the lads and everything about Yorkshire, so I’m just focussing on enjoying my cricket.

“I’m looking forward to the next few years. The challenge has become a slightly different one, but there are so many good players, talented guys who have performed well over the last few years. They are now ready to take the next step and I’m excited by the direction the club is heading and hopefully it should be a good few years.”

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