Worcestershire captain Vikram Solanki has committed his future to the club by signing a new long-term contract.
The former England star, who had 12 months to run on his current deal, has signed a four-year contract that will see him stay at New Road until the end of the 2012 campaign.
Solanki made his first-class debut for the county in 1995 and he went on to guide the Royals to promotion from the LV County Championship second division last summer.
Leading from the front, he became the first player in the country to reach 1,000 championship runs for the season in 2008 and he is hopeful ahead of the new campaign.
"I have a long association with the club and I am very pleased to extend that association," he said.
"I have enjoyed my time at Worcestershire immensely, have been fortunate enough to play with some superb players - Graeme Hick amongst others - and I am happy to sign a new deal.
"The fact we are all working together as a group throughout the winter has never been done before. That is very different.
"We are fitter as a squad and we will start the season with a certain amount of optimism."
Solanki's signature follows a new deal for prolific batsman Stephen Moore. The opener put pen to paper on a three-year deal after being the highest run scorer in the country last season
Director of cricket Steve Rhodes said: "Vikram is an integral part of the side as captain and a major batsman. He has been here a long time now and it is important we make sure that we secure his future and that of the good players.
"Stephen Moore signed a new three-year contract at the end of last season and it is nice we can keep them here when you see a lot of the smaller clubs losing players to the big clubs."
Worcestershire get their top flight campaign under way against Hampshire on April 15 at the Rose Bowl.