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Bairstow signs Yorkshire extension

9th January 2019, 12:18 by Jack Ogalbe

England batsman Jonny Bairstow has penned a new deal to keep him at Yorkshire until the end of 2021.

The 29-year-old came through the ranks at Headingley, and after helping the county win the Championship in 2014, scored a mammoth 1,108 runs at an average of 92.33 as they retained their crown.

Bairstow has subsequently become a key player for England across all three formats but raised doubts over his future with Yorkshire after publically expressing his frustration about the likes of Alex Lees and Liam Plunkett being allowed to leave last year.

He only made three Championship appearances in 2018 but the White Rose were keen for him to sign an extension and 'YJB' has now penned an agreement to keep him at Headingley until the end of 2021.

"I'm very pleased to have signed my extension," Bairstow said. "It has taken a little while to get it sorted with a few bits going on, but I'm really pleased to have signed the extension.

"I always enjoy coming back, but it's going to be really different this year, losing a few of the guys and potentially playing against some of the people you've had some fantastic memories playing with at Yorkshire.

"But it's an opportunity to create some new ones with the new faces we've got in at the club."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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