MX23RW : Wednesday, December 11 10:48:44| >> :600:2331513:2331513:

England spinner Jack Leach pens Somerset contract extension

England spinner Jack Leach pens Somerset contract extension
© Reuters
Leach has added an extra two years to a deal that was due to expire at the end of next season.

England spinner Jack Leach has signed a contract extension with Somerset.

Leach played a prominent role during the Ashes, playing the stoic tailend foil to Ben Stokes during the unforgettable Headingley Test and claiming 12 wickets in four matches. The left-arm spinner is currently preparing for England's first Test in New Zealand.

Leach and Stokes guided England to an incredible win at Headingley
Leach and Stokes guided England to an incredible win at Headingley (Mike Egerton/PA)

But he has also signalled his commitment to his home county by adding an extra two years to a deal that was due to expire at the end of next season.

Leach, who has taken 222 first-class wickets for Somerset at 25.66, said: "I'm very happy to sign this new contract. I'm a Somerset fan at heart so I'm very proud to represent the county.

"I have a great relationship with the members and fans and I can't thank them enough for the support they give the team and me as an individual. I'd also like to thank (head coach) Jason Kerr and (director of cricket) Andy Hurry for the belief they have shown in me. I'm looking forward to the winter and can't wait for next season."

Hurry was delighted to agree terms with the fan favourite, adding: "Everyone at the club is delighted that Jack has committed his future to Somerset.

"He is an exceptional talent and a big influence in the dressing room. I can't speak highly enough of him both as a player and as a man.

"We feel that he has a major role to play for both Somerset and England over the forthcoming years."

body check tags ::

Click here for more stories about Jack Leach

Click here for more stories about England

Share this article now:
Instagram - Follow Sports Mole
Ben Stokes in action for England on August 23, 2019
Read Next:
Ben Stokes named in Time magazine's '100 Next' list
>

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!