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Yorkshire captain Ballance extends stay at Headingley

Garry Ballance has extended his stay at Headingley Credit: PA

Yorkshire captain Gary Ballance has signed a new two-year contract extension.

The Zimbabwe born left-hander, who was appointed captain across all three formats in December last year, will now remain with the White Rose until the end of the 2019 season.

Speaking about the deal, Ballance said: “I’m obviously delighted to sign an extension. I’ve been at Yorkshire for such a long time now and it’s the only place I want to be. So it’s great to get an extension signed before the season starts and now I can just focus on playing cricket."

The new deal has come at the perfect time for me. I can now purely focus on the captaincy, batting and scoring runs. There are no outside worries. For me it’s all about focusing on the main task; scoring runs and winning matches for Yorkshire.

I’m really appreciative of Yorkshire for giving me an opportunity earlier in my career, the opportunity to move up to Leeds and play there. I’ve loved very minute of it, have worked with some great coaches, very talented players and I’d love to stay here for the rest of my career.

Now as captain I want to help build on the success the Club have enjoyed in recent years.

– Garry Ballance