England Test captain Joe Root has signed a contract extension with Yorkshire which will keep him at the county of his birth until 2022.
Root, who was born in Sheffield and made his Yorkshire debut in 2009, says he has no intention of leaving and is intent on remaining an integral part of the club’s development.
Root told Yorkshire’s official website: “I love playing for Yorkshire. It’s my county. It’s where I’ve grown up and what I know.
“It’s the White Rose and what it’s about. For me, I don’t really see myself playing anywhere else.
“I’m passionate about us as a county being successful. If I’ve got any opportunity to try and add to that and be a part of something, that’s really exciting for me.
“I’m looking forward to this new adventure for the club – new ground, young side, it should be a really exciting time.”
Root first came onto Yorkshire’s radar as a 12-year-old and progressed through the ranks, scoring 66 on his Championship debut against Worcestershire at New Road in 2011.
The 27-year-old was made England’s Test captain in February 2017 and is currently fourth in the ICC’s Test Batsman rankings.
Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon said: “Everybody at the club is delighted that Joe has agreed to extend until the end of 2022 and we’re pleased to have signed him up for that length of time.
“Clearly, at the moment he’s not playing a great deal for us, but I think it’s great that we’ve got Joe’s affiliation with us and when he does play he has a massive impact coming back into the dressing room.
“The influence he has on our players is huge and the younger players aspire to reach the levels that Joe has achieved – we’ve got that role model within the club.”