Yorkshire and England all-rounder David Willey today signed a one-year extension to his current contract, keeping him at Emerald Headingley until the end of 2019.

The big hitting 28-year-old has been in fine form of late, smashing a sensational 131 and claiming 4-59 in a win over roses rivals Lancashire, before taking 3-24 and hitting 71 with the bat against his former county Northants. Since returning from his Indian Premier League stint with Chennai Super Kings, Willey has played three Royal London One-Day Cup matches for the Vikings, contributing 202 runs and 11 wickets, helping propel the club through to the knockout stages of the competition.

Willey, who missed last night’s 25-run One-Day Cup play-off win over Essex at Chelmsford, is one of five Yorkshire players in the England squad for a five-match ODI series against Australia, in which England are 1-0 up.

“It took a bit of time to get it sorted out,” he told yorkshireccc.com. “I made it very clear I wanted to play my cricket at Yorkshire and hopefully, as things unfold, it can become a long-term thing and I can contribute to Yorkshire winning trophies over the next few years.

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