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Yorkshire move to tie down Ballance

5th March 2019, 14:12 by Craig Smithson

England batsman Gary Ballance will stay put with Yorkshire until the end of the 2021 season after signing a new contract.

The 29-year-old, who was born in Zimbabwe, worked his way through the academy ranks at Headingley before breaking into the first team where he helped the White Rose claim successive County Championship titles in 2014 and 2015.

He has since featured in 23 Test matches for England, although he has not played for the national team since 2017.

Ballance, who has scored over 10,000 first-class runs at an average of 47.53, with 6,899 coming in 102 matches for Yorkshire, told the club's website: "It's great to be rewarded with a few extra years. I've been here for 11 years now and my aim is to finish my career here.

"I'm looking forward to the next few years. The challenge has become a slightly different one, but there are so many good players, talented guys who have performed well over the last few years.

"They are now ready to take the next step and I'm excited by the direction the club is heading and hopefully it should be a good few years."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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