Rikki Clarke signs new four-year deal at Warwickshire

Warwickshire all-rounder Rikki Clarke signs a new four-year contract which will see the all-rounder stay at Edgbaston until 2017

Ryan Bailey
By Ryan Bailey

Rikki Clarke has committed his future to Warwickshire by signing a new four-year contract at Edgbaston until the end of the 2017 season.

The 31-year-old was an integral part of the Bears’s Championship-winning side last season as he took 26 wickets, as well as scoring 800 runs.

Clarke, who has played two Tests and 20 one-day internationals for England, began his career at Surrey and spent five seasons at the Oval before switching to Derbyshire in 2007.

However, his stay at the County Ground lasted just one season before he moved to Edgbaston in 2008 where he has enjoyed an excellent couple of years.

Warwickshire’s director of cricket Dougie Brown was delighted to secure the services of Clarke for another four years.

“Rikki was instrumental in last year’s LV= County Championship success by scoring more than 800 runs and taking 26 wickets,” said Brown.

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

“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’s was rewarded for a fine campaign last term when he was included in the England Lions’ tour of Australia during the winter, while he is one of six Warwickshire players to be named in England’s extended ICC Champions Trophy squad.

Commenting on his new deal, 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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