All-rounder Rikki Clarke has signed a new four-year deal with Warwickshire

Last Updated: 22/04/13 2:52pm

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Rikki Clarke: New two-year deal with Warwickshire

Rikki Clarke: New two-year deal with Warwickshire

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All-rounder Rikki Clarke has signed a new four-year contract with county champions Warwickshire which keeps him at Edgbaston until 2017.

Clarke, 31, was a key player in last season's title-winning campaign, playing in every match and scoring 760 runs at 44.70 and chipping in with 20 wickets.

His outstanding form was rewarded with a place on the England Lions tour of Australia over the winter.

The Bears' Director of Cricket, Dougie Brown, said: "Rikki was instrumental in last year's LV= County Championship success.

"He's arguably playing the best cricket of his career so it's no wonder that he's now firmly back in the minds of the England selectors.

Massive asset

"Having a player in your side that consistently scores big runs at number seven and bowls in excess 85mph is a massive asset to any team, and all players and staff at Edgbaston are delighted that he's committed his long-term future to Warwickshire."

Clarke said: "I've talked quite a bit over the last few months about how much I love playing for Warwickshire and how Jim Troughton, Graeme Welch, Dougie Brown, and previously Ashley Giles have made a massive impact on my career.

"However, I wanted to take my time over signing this extension as it's come at a very important time in my career and I needed to ensure that it's right for my family.

"I'm thrilled that I've been able to secure a new deal. We've got a great set-up and coaching team here at Edgbaston, many members of the squad have signed long-term contracts, and I expect us to be able to challenge for more trophies in the future."

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